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Music Research from Home using NYPL resources: E-books

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

E-Book Central


Explore more than 300,000 e-books and audiobooks available for free at NYPL—from children's books to bestsellers. You can also find accessible e-book offerings, learn about downloading e-reader apps to your device, and more. The place to start is

Below are some specifics for access to music materials.

Recommendations Front

Front of the Music & Recorded Sound "Staff Picks" bookmark with an image of Thomas Edison

Scholarly E-Books

From The Library's Digital Collections

Digital Research Books (beta) - Find millions of digital books for research from multiple sources world-wide--all free to read, download, and keep. No library card required. This is an early beta test, so we want your feedback

NYPL Digital Collections - Digital Collections provides free access to more than 700,000 digitized items from the holdings of The New York Public Library, with new items added every day.

HathiTrust Digital Library - A collaborative repository of digital content from major research libraries including content digitized via the Google Books project and Internet Archive initiatives, as well as content digitized locally by libraries.  **Patrons should read the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy of this resource before searching.**


Book Recommendations bookmark

Back side of the Music & Recorded Sound "Staff Picks" bookmark showing the space where staff can write why they recommend a particular book.