The Library offers access to extensive online and physical music resources, a varied study environment and a range of tailored support to help in the conservatoire's mission in developing industry-relevant, creative and ambitious musicians, performers and entrepreneurs.

Current students and staff can find further information on our SPACE page

Current News

Due to the coronavirus situation Leeds College of Music closed its campus from the end of Friday 20th March 2020. 

We don't currently have a date for re-opening. Details will be given here when they are confirmed.

We will be monitoring the library e-mail address during office hours if you wish to contact us.

Current students and staff can find more information on the conservatoire's coronavirus information page in SPACE.

External users will not be able to use the library now until the 2020/21 academic year.

We will update this page if anything changes.

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Opening Hours

Term time:

Monday – Friday:             8:45 am to 10:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday:         11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Vacation:

Monday:                              8:45 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday:                              8:45 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday:                       10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday:                            8:45 am to 5:00 pm

Friday:                                  8:45 am to 4:30 pm

Saturday & Sunday:         Closed

 

Non-admittance days for external members:

2020/21 non-admittance days will be listed here once they have been confirmed.

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Contact Us

Leeds College of Music Library
The Skyline
St Peters Street
Leeds  LS9 8BL

0113 222 3458

library@lcm.ac.uk

Twitter: @leedsmusiclib

Resources

Our extensive library collection gives you access to:

  • Around 8000 books in print format and electronic format *
  • 28,000 items of printed music for individual and group performance
  • 8,000 CDs, 600 DVDs & 5,000 LPs
  • Over 80 scholarly Journal subscriptions in electronic and print format, including a huge range of digitised journal articles in the arts and humanities on JSTOR *
  • Access to music streaming sites such as Naxos Music Library, Alexander Street Press and I Like Music For Education - Multi-Genre Streaming Site *
  • Access to online reference material from databases such as JSTOR, Oxford Music Online and IPA Source *
Library Female And Male Student Study Area
  • A variety of silent and quiet study areas
  • Study areas
  • Group study pods
  • PCs *
  • Catalogue tablets
  • Copying and scanning *
  • Turntables and CD players
  • Stationery shop and binding service *

* Some services are only available to current staff and students.

Visitors and external members may access the public Wi-Fi in the library if they bring their own device, ask at the library counter for the password.

Library Female Student With Books

External Membership

Individuals may become external members of the library.  If you wish to join you will need to bring in two forms of identification, one photo ID and one proof of address.  You will need to fill in a brief membership form.  There may be a cost for membership, depending on the type of member you are and whether you wish to borrow from the library or not.  The table below gives further details.

Please be aware that external members cannot use the library PCs or access electronic resources, however there is public Wi-Fi available if members bring their own device. 

Membership only gives access to the library, not other areas of Leeds College of Music.

Membership types and costs.

Please be aware that external members cannot use the library PCs or access electronic resources, however there is public Wi-Fi available if members bring their own device. 

Membership only gives access to the library, not other areas of Leeds College of Music.

Member

Reference

Borrowing

Alumni Free £30
Honorary External borrowers Free Free
SCONUL users Free Free if entitled
Jazz researchers Free £90
Sixth formers and FE students studying music Free £30
Yorkshire Young Musicians studying at Leeds College of Music Free £30
Parents of SMS students Free Free, on production of child's ID card and presonal ID
Members of the public £15 £90

Alumni

Reference Free
Borrowing £30

Honorary External Borrowers

Reference Free
Borrowing Free

SCONUL users

Reference Free 
Borrowing Free if entitled

Jazz researchers

Reference Free
Borrowing £90

Sixth formers and FE students studying music

Reference Free
Borrowing £30

Yorkshire Young Musicians studying at Leeds College of Music

Reference Free
Borrowing £30

Parents of SMS students

Reference Free
Borrowing Free, on production of child's ID card and personal  ID

Members of the public

Reference £15
Borrowing £90
Further Information for External Members

Borrowing members are entitled to 10 loan items at any one time, comprising a maximum of 5 books, 5 scores or 10 CDs.  External members cannot borrow large ensemble sets, core text items or dvds.

To borrow items, please take them to the library counter.  The staff there can also help with any queries you may have.

To renew items you can contact library staff in person at the library counter or by e-mail or phone using the contact details at the top of the page.

Late returns will incur fines of 20p per day or £1 per day if reserved by conservatoire staff or students.

If items become 3 weeks overdue, borrowers will be invoiced for the full replacement cost of the item(s) plus a £5 admin charge.  Their remaining membership may be forfeited and they may not be allowed to rejoin.

Library users found in breach of library etiquette, given below, will be asked to leave and repeat offenders may have their membership cancelled.

General Principles of Library Use:

Borrowing

  • Only items that have formally been issued to a user may be removed from the library
  • Only the types of materials listed above can be borrowed. Library staff may at any time withhold from general circulation material that is required by staff or students for a particular assignment
  • The library user is responsible for a borrowed item as long as it remains on their record. If a library card is lost or stolen, the user will remain responsible for items issued using it until the library has been informed of the loss
  • Current loan terms are advertised appropriately, and the date items are initially due back will be stamped on each item borrowed
  • Items can be renewed for a maximum of six weeks, but must then be returned to the library
  • Borrowed items may not be taken out of the United Kingdom except with permission from the library manger

Returning

  • All items borrowed must be returned to a member of staff at the library counter
  • If there is a problem with returning an item, users are advised to contact library staff as soon as possible, so a resolution may be found

Small ensembles

  • A set of parts is considered to be one item
  • The borrower is expected to check music for ensembles for completeness before issuing, and sets will not be accepted for return unless all parts are present
  • If any part is missing on return an invoice for the replacement of the whole set may be raised against the borrower

Library etiquette

  • Users must leave the library 15 minutes before closing time, when asked to do so by a member of library staff or security
  • Mobile phones must be switched to silent when entering the library, and phone calls must not be made or answered
  • Eating or drinking is permitted in the library, but the items consumed must be appropriate to a library environment.  Inappropriate items include hot food, alcohol or excessively smelly food.  In case of doubt, the judgement rests with the member of library staff on duty.  Library users are expected to clean up any rubbish, crumbs or spills when finished
  • All users are expected to respect and maintain the quite working atmosphere of the library.  Anyone making excessive noise will be asked to cease, and if they consistently fail to comply will be asked to leave
  • All users are expected to treat all library staff and library users fairly and respectfully
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SCONUL Access Scheme

SCONUL logo.

If you are a member of another participating institution you can use our library through the SCONUL scheme, more information is available on the SCONUL website

To join the scheme you will need to apply to your home institution, via the SCONUL application page

Bring your approval e-mail to the library counter and we can then process your membership.

 

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Short Courses

Students enrolled on short courses at the conservatoire may use the library for the duration of their course, they are entitled to borrow up to 10 items at any one time, in any combination of books, scores, DVDs and CDs.

Short course students can check what they have on loan by logging into their library account.

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External Ensembles

External ensembles may register to borrow the library’s orchestral and/or choral scores.  There is a joining fee of £15 then charges for borrowing items as follows:

  • Large orchestral sets: £30
  • Small orchestral sets: £15
  • Wind band sets: £15
  • Choral sets – up to 30 copies: £30
  • Choral sets – 31 or more copies: £50
  • Short work choral sets: £15
  • Big bands using the manuscript score collection may apply for prices

Sets are loaned for up to 4 months at a time.

If an ensemble is not able to collect the set in person, postage will be charged based on Parcelforce courier charges.

Ensembles run by Leeds College of Music staff outside the conservatoire are entitled to a 50% discount on loans and do not have to pay a set up fee.  A separate ensemble library account must be set up to issue sets to and borrowers must abide by the rules for external members.

 

 

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Jazz Archive

The library has an extensive Jazz Archive which is open to interested members of the public by appointment.

It contains materials from Ted Heath, Max Abrams and others.

Discover the Jazz Archive
We're taking a break over the Easter weekend and we'll be back on Tuesday 14 April. Let us know what you get up to… https://t.co/YKwaUz71tm
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