Resources & Services


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We loan out:

  • solo instrumental and vocal performance music
  • chamber music sets
  • full and miniature scores
  • CDs &  DVDs
  • books on music.

Collection strengths include materials on music education and music performance. We also hold early printed music materials in our Special Collections.

Reference materials include Grove’s Dictionary, music journals and Electronic Resources .

Our criteria for acquiring materials may be viewed here: RIAM Library Collection Development Policy



Full-time and Part-time RIAM students can borrow from the library.  You can borrow items for 1 month, renew these further if  no other user has requested them. We reserve the right to recall loans at any time.


We provide 10 PCs (with MS-Office Suite, Finale & Sibelius software) available for RIAM students and staff. The library is also a WiFi zone.

Interlibrary loans

If the library does not hold the item you need, we can obtain it on 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

We 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

  • Audio equipment for multiple audio formats (CD, cassette and minidisc).
  • Photocopying and scanning facilities

Please familiarise yourself with copyright law before using these. You can download a guide to copyright here: Copyright Guide