Full list of library databases for Music.

The Catalogue | Databases | Single composers | Choral and orchestral sets

The Catalogue

Search for scores by keywords in the library Catalogue.

If you can’t find the score you want, try using:

  • The opus numbers to search, e.g., k.131 instead of divertimento no. 2.
  • The original language of the composer, e.g., klavier konzert instead of piano concerto.

Refine your results by selecting Scores format.

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  • Classical Scores Library
    Access to 25,000 classical scores digitized from editions either in-copyright or in the public domain. Both major and less-known composers are represented. The database includes important material from Boosey and Hawkes. Coverage includes full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and piano reductions of pieces. Scores can be downloaded or printed.
  • BabelScores
    A collection of digital scores of contemporary classical music of the last 40 years.
    The International Music Score Library Project has more than 250,000 digitized scores from around the world, including from such important collections as the Bibliothèque Nationale and the Eastman School of Music. All available scores are in the public domain in New Zealand and can be downloaded and printed.
  • Choral Public Domain Library
    Also known as the Choral Wiki, the CPDL holds more than 17,000 free choral and vocal scores, texts and translations. There are many excellent editions, including nearly complete vocal works by William Byrd and Tomás Luis de Victoria.
  • IPA Source
    Includes International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of 1,200 opera arias and 6,000 art song texts.

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Single composers

  • Mozart Complete Works Edition (Neue Mozart-Ausgabe)
    The NMA is the complete edition of all of Mozart’s works posted in digital form by Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum.
  • Beethovenhaus Bonn. Digital Archives
    Contains the collections of the Beethoven-Haus including music manuscripts, first editions, letters and pictures and many recordings.
  • The Chopin Edition
    The Chopin collection at the University of Chicago Library includes over 400 first and early printed editions of musical compositions by Frédéric Chopin.
  • Other digital collections
    Guide to composer-specific collections, University of Michigan Library

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Choral and orchestral sets

Search for these sets in the Catalogue. They can be requested from the On-Demand Collection and will usually be available by the next day.

Choral and orchestral sets may be borrowed for the same period as single scores.

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Databases | Library collections | NZ recordings online | Other NZ collections


  • Naxos Music Library
    Streaming more than 1.3 million tracks, including the complete Naxos catalogue, as well as recordings from major record labels such as EMI Classics, Teldec and Erato. The New Zealand Rattle and Atoll labels are also represented. Naxos covers mainly classical music, but also many historical recordings, as well as jazz, world, and folk music. Many recordings also include notes on the works being played. Class playlists are provided for many School of Music courses – they can be streamed on a computer or mobile device but not downloaded.
  • Naxos Music Library Jazz
    A wide range of jazz, from historical to contempiray styles. Over 18,000 discs are included, from over 250 labels, incuding major labels such as Warner Jazz, EMI, and Fantasy.

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Library collections

The Library has two collections of recordings, including CDs, LPs and cassettes, which are available for listening to in the library and/or borrowing for home use:

  • Listening Room Collection
    Primarily a teaching and research collection, this collection administered by Special Collections includes about 7,000 CDs, LPs, 78s and cassettes. All items are available for library use. Many can also be borrowed for teaching purposes. Those stored at On-Demand Collections will usually be available the next day.
  • Lending CDs
    Mainly a general study collection, with about 4,000 lending CDs. All are available for a 2 week loan.

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New Zealand recordings online

    The Centre for New Zealand Music provides online access to more than 300 New Zealand concert works.
  • Audio Culture
    About New Zealand popular music, including access to recordngs via Spotify.
  • Radio NZ
    Recordings and information about both popular and concert music.

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Other New Zealand recording collections


  • Classical Music in Video
    1,500 high-quality videos of performances of all forms of classical music, including major orchestral performances by leading orchestras, plus chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances, along with masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world.
  • Opera in Video
    Streaming more than 250 complete operas, with multiple performances of many of them, which will allow comparison of performers and productions. Includes subtitles. Can be added to playlists for class use. Able to be accessed on mobile devices.

Library collection

The General Library holds about 1,400 videos and DVDs for music and dance teaching and research. All items are available for 2 hour loan, for library use only. May also be borrowed for teaching purposes.

Search for audiovisual materials in the Catalogue by keywords.

If you can’t find the video or recording you want, try using:

  • The original language of the composer, e.g., il nozze di Figaro for Marriage of Figaro.
  • An opus or thematic catalogue numbering to search, e.g., k 331.

Refine your results by selecting Audiovisual format.

School of Music referencing guide


  • Referencing
    Access a range of tools and support material to assist your referencing work.


  • Quick©ite
    Use this interactive tool to view examples of references.
    Covers a range of styles used at the University of Auckland.

Last updated : 19 April 2021
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