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FAQs for Music and Film in the Library of Birmingham

What can I borrow and how much does it cost?  

You can borrow: 10 books or music scores for 4 weeks loan (Free) *Please note talking books cost £1.20 and count as a book (adult concessions 60p / young people under the age of 18 / over 60 free) | 8 CDs at £1 for 2 weeks loan (concessions 60p) | 5 DVDs at £1.50 for 7 nights (no concessions). Please note that all overdue DVDs are charged at 50p per day regardless of hire charge  

Do I need a separate library card for music?    

No. Regular membership of the Library gives you access to the library’s impressive music collection.    

Can I borrow a performance set and does it cost anything?    

Please visit for more information about orchestral and choral sets.

How do I find what you have available?    

Why not try one of our Information Points where you can search for an item. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, then ask a member of staff to check the catalogue for you. You can also use ‘library catalogue’ button at the top right of this web page. It’s always worth remembering that stock may be out on loan, waiting to be collected by another customer, or stored in a non-public area, usually shown on the catalogue as “stack”. If it is available for loan you can reserve it (with no charge). If you wish to view an item from the Stack please ask Music staff.       

You haven’t got something on your catalogue. Can you get it for me?      

You can make a stock suggestion via the website catalogue and library staff will consider it for purchase. [Make any search and you will see “Suggest a purchase” appear on the left hand menu options].   You can also ask us to obtain books and single scores from another library. The charge for each inter-library loan request is £9  

Do you have practice rooms and how much do they cost?        

There are three practice rooms, two of which have digital pianos. Each room costs £5 per hour to hire and can be booked in advance by phone or in person (0121 242 4242 (ex. Music), or can be used immediately (if available).  

How do I find an individual song?       

For sheet music, do a keyword search using the library catalogue (many songs are individually indexed). If you know the artist or composer you may be able to track it down using an author search. The website may help you to identify a published collection which the library may have in stock.  
For recorded music, again do a keyword search for the track in the library catalogue and the author search will help you track down an artist or composer. Otherwise ask to use an internet PC and take a look at or Amazon can also be helpful. Staff can help you to use these resources.