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Music Research from Home using NYPL resources: About

A guide for doing research in music while the NYPL branches are closed.


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Remote Researching During the NYPL Closure

Researching Music Remotely

The NYPL has over 800 databases available from this page

This guide is designed to help you do music research remotely using NYPL resources, as well as freely available materials beyond our holdings. 

We've included

  • a tab for music & arts specific databases - some are available from outside the Library buildings.
  • a tab for non-music databases that you might not have considered would be helpful
  • a tab for e-book access - yes, we have a large collection of fiction, but we also have scholarly books through several academic publisher


If you need reference help, the Music & Recorded Sound Division staff are available via email for consultation. Contact us at or

Or if you have a more complicated question and would like to arrange a Research Consultation with one of our staff, you can fill out this form 

We also post regular links of interest and ways to use NYPL resources to our Twitter and Facebook pages. Follow us there!

If you live in NY State & don't have a NYPL library card - you can apply for one and use it immediately !

New York state residents who are 13 and older are welcome to apply for a digital library card using this form and then, using the SimplyE app, gain access to an array of digital resources, including e-books, audiobooks, databases, and more. In order to take out physical material, you will nee to visit an NYPL branch to obtain and validate a physical library card.


Managing Librarian for Music & Recorded Sound

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Rebecca Littman
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center
New York, NY 10023