International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (New Zealand) Inc


What kind of music are you looking for?

Printed music is available in New Zealand in a variety of formats.  There are relatively few large collections, but there is a strong tradition of lending music between libraries.  If you cannot find the music you want in your local library, do ask about inter-library loan.  New Zealand`s music librarians will be happy to locate the music you need.

Complete editions

Complete, scholarly editions of a composer's works are normally available at University Libraries and at the National Library of New Zealand.

Music for an orchestra

Sets of parts for orchestral performance are listed in the book Orchestral scores: a finding list of performing editions with parts, available on loan from some New Zealand musical societies and libraries, which is available in most libraries.  Simply find the piece you are looking for and contact the library or orchestra that has it.  They will provide details of delivery, costs etc.  The largest collection of orchestral music for hire is at the National Library of New Zealand

Multiple copies for choral performance

Multiple copies for choral performance are listed in Sing!: a catalogue of choral scores in multiple copies held by New Zealand musical organisations, societies and libraries, which is available in most libraries. Simply find the piece you are looking for and contact the library or choir that has it.  They will provide details of delivery, costs etc.  The largest collection of choral music for hire is at the National Library of New Zealand.

Popular music

Many libraries have collections of songbooks with rock, pop and other songs.  If the song you want is not in your local library, ask about interlibrary loan, which is usually available for a small fee.

Chamber music

Parts for chamber music performance are widely held in most larger libraries. If the work you want is not in your local library, ask about interlibrary loan, which is usually available for a small fee.

Music for solo instruments

Music for every solo instrument is widely held in most larger libraries. If the work you want is not in your local library, ask about interlibrary loan, which is usually available for a small fee.

Staging a musical

Many libraries have collections of vocal scores for a large number of shows, musicals and operas. If the work you want is not in your local library, ask about interlibrary loan, which is usually available for a small fee.

In no case does obtaining the music give you the right to perform it, which must be obtained from the performance rights holder or their agent.  Photocopying of copyright music is an infringement of copyright, unless specifically permitted by an express provision of the 1994 New Zealand Copyright Act.

CDs, tapes and videos

CDs, tapes and videos are widely available in public and university libraries. If the CD you want is not in your local library, ask about interlibrary loan, which is usually available for a small fee.