o Triennial Festivals scores and supporting materials
o Contemporary and avant-garde scores (available to borrow).
• Want to get started in the music business? Please ask in the Library for free expert advice.
• Our events programme includes recitals, concerts and other live music featuring local artists in the outdoor Amphitheatre and more intimate Beatbox. See What's Happeningfind out what’s on and sign up to receive news of future event highlights.
Learn more about your favourite film or TV programme
We have all the books and resources you need to explore how your favourite film or TV programme was made. Find out what your favourite star did before they were famous with a biography, investigate the history behind the plot, read about story development and script writing and much more.
Children, young people and music
• The Library offers plenty for young music lovers, including children’s music CDs, songbooks for parents and teachers to explore with children, printed music for young performers and books to help with homework.
• Learning to play an instrument or sing? We have Official Associated Board exam set pieces, supporting CDs and music theory resources available to help you. You can even teach yourself with resources especially for children – ask in the Library for details.
• For young performers, facilities and support is available in the Library to help you improve, gain recognition or explore a career in music. This includes practice rooms (£5 per hour) and performance spaces – booking is essential. Please check the website regularly for updates or talk to our friendly Music Librarians for details.
• Stay up-to-date with what’s on at the Library for details of music events for young audiences. Go to What's Happening and filter by Children and Families or Young People.
In partnership with the British Film Institute, the Library of Birmingham gives you access to an exclusive collection of film archive material, available to view at the BFI Mediatheque (Discovery Floor 3). This includes a unique collection of film material related to Birmingham and the West Midlands.
Music Practice Rooms
Looking for space to rehearse? We have rooms with pianos that you can hire to practice. Capacity is up to 9 people and booking is advisable. Cost - £5 per hour. To book a room, please phone 0121 242 4242 and ask for the Music Library. Please note this number is only staffed Monday to Friday, 11am-5pm.