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Online music databases and ebooks

By Elli Torres | 18 March 2021

Series: Discover State Library’s Music Collections.

This blog series showcases some of the wonderful music collections held by State Library of Queensland. Among these are music scores, song books, digitised sheet music, hymn books and online databases. Discover our music collections via our online catalogue One Search and onsite

Music databases.

State Library provides access for members to many online music resources. There is something for everyone - general music lovers, musicians, researchers, students, teachers and parents. You can access scores, audio, video, reference material and articles. Read on to find out more and then have a go searching the music databases yourself to discover even more great music resources. It’s all free with your State Library membership.

Music Online
Music Online by Alexander Street Press is a comprehensive database of streaming audio, video, reference, and scores. It allows users to search across several music resources simultaneously including:

  • Classical scores library
  • Classical music in video
  • Classical music library (audio)
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
  • Classical music reference library
  • Jazz music library
Screen shot of Classical Music Library database displaying an audio file playing

Classical Music Library database displaying an audio file for "Complete Cello Works (CD2)'

Oxford Music Online

Oxford Music Online is a wonderful tool for anyone interested in researching, teaching, or just learning more about music and offers comprehensive coverage of music, musicians, music-making, and music scholarship. The database is a gateway to Grove Music Online and includes content from the following resources.

  • Oxford Companion to Music
  • Oxford Dictionary of Music
  • Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Included in the database are some very useful ‘Topical Guides to Grove Music’ which are guides to some major topics that contain selected Grove Music Online articles. The guides cover time periods, genres and other interesting topics like women composers A-Z.

Image from Oxford Music Online database Topical Guides to Grove Music page

Topical Guides to Grove Music in Oxford Music Online


JSTOR is a multidisciplinary archive of high resolution scanned scholarly journals. The database has great coverage of music history, music criticism, music analysis and music theory. It is not a current issues database. Because of JSTOR's archival mission, there is a gap, from 1 to 5 years, between the most recently published journal issue and the back issues available.

Screen shot of music analysis article from the JSTOR database

Music analysis article from the JSTOR database discussing Mendelssohn's A-Minor Quartet, Opus. 13

Read more about these music databases as part of Our favourite State Library eresources blog series.

Music ebooks.

Use our online catalogue One Search to find and access ebooks about various music related topics. Use a combination of the keywords and select ‘ebooks’ from the first drop-down menu under the search field. Read them online or download them to a portable device. It’s all free with your State Library membership.

Here are a few catalogue searches for ebooks to help get you started.

Need help with music eresources?

Our Librarians can help you find resources and offer guidance with searching. There are several ways you can Ask Us for assistance. We can help during your visit onsite, over the phone, via our online chat service or through our online enquiry form.

World Piano Day
Join us on Monday 29 March 2021 as we celebrate Piano Day with a free public performance by State Library’s volunteer pianists on the beautiful Queensland Terrace. Bookings are required.

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