Using the Library from Home

Off-campus Access

To use any of our electronic resources (e.g. Grove, JSTOR etc.) visit our Electronic Resources page and select the resource you wish to access. Then log in with your associated RIAM email and network password.

A short instructional video is available below. 

If you experience any difficulties with this please contact  

Electronic Resources

To view a list and access the electronic resources, please visit our Database and Journals pages. 

You can also find an extensive listing on the Online Resources page on our library catalogue.  

FAQ: Library Services during COVID-19 Closure

You do not need to worry about any books you have on loan which are due during the closure period. 

All books are automatically renewed and can be returned when the building re-opens. 

if you are a current RIAM student or staff member, you can still access Electronic resources even if your account for borrowing is blocked. 

For technical reasons IPA Source translations are not accessible outside the RIAM. However if you wish to request a particular translation please contact

Note: you can still search the content online at - just contact use when you have found the translation you need. 

It is not possible for us to provide a lending service during this period. 

New Databases (May 2020)

Play with a Pro Masterclass Videos provide a range of online masterclass videos with world-renowned musicians, including Maxim Vengerov, Andras Schiff, Emmanuel Pahud and many others.

To access this, visit the RIAM library Moodle page and set up your account from there:

Trial Databases (March - Jun 2020)

A number of new databases have become available for free during this period:

Bloomsbury Popular Music This database collects together The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World and a growing library of scholarly books from Bloomsbury's Popular Music Studies list. Available until 30 June.  

Babelscores - catalogue search An online library of contemporary classical works (*** Trial expired on 11 May 2020)

Cambridge Core a large range of Cambridge University Press academic e-books online. This is multi-disciplinary but includes music, notably the Cambridge Companions to Music and many others. To access this use institutional login link and browse to Royal Irish Academy of Music. Available until 29th June.  

Classical Scores Library: over 53,000 titles and 1.3 million printable pages of scores. This include many in-copyright items that are not available on IMSLP and other public-domain sites. Available until 18 June. 

JSTOR Ebooks: 44 publishers on the JSTOR platform have made over 30,000 ebooks available freely. To access these go to and login via the RIAM.  To browse the Music books visit: and click on Books tab. Available until 30 June

Project Muse: This multi-disciplinary platform has expanded the number of free-to-access resources from the following publishers. You can keyword search to narrow down to music-related resources.