Resources & Services


Print materials & recordingssarah-library

The library’s loan collection contains performing editions of solo instrumental and vocal performance music, sets of chamber, vocal and orchestral music, full and miniature scores, CDs, DVDs and books on music. Collection strengths include materials on music education and music performance. We also hold early printed music materials in our Special Collections.

We offer access to standard reference works such as Grove’s Dictionary as well as music periodicals. Check our Electronic Resources section for details on access to Grove Music Online, Naxos Music Library and others.

The RIAM Library’s Collection Development Policy outlines the criteria for acquiring materials and may be viewed here: RIAM Library Collection Development Policy



All students of the Academy may borrow from the library.  Loans are issued for 1 month, and may be renewed if not on hold for another user. Items may be recalled by the library at any time.


RIAM students and staff have access to computers in the library, offering internet, word-processing and music typesetting software (Finale, Sibelius). Wireless internet is also available.

Interlibrary loans

Items not held in the Academy library may be obtained on loan from other libraries. Staff, undergraduates and postgraduates may avail of this free on a limited basis. Please contact the library staff for more information.

Information skills training

Library staff provide tutorials on library research, using the catalogue effectively, databases and electronic journals, and advanced web research. For more information, please contact us

Other facilities

Listening machines are available which can play a range of audio formats (CD, cassette and minidisc). Photocopying and scanning facilities are also available.Users should familiarise themselves with copyright law before using these. A guide to copyright can be downloaded here: Copyright Guide

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