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.

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About the library

About the library


  • Access to around 8000 books in print format and electronic format
  • 18,000 items of printed music for individual and group performance
  • 8,000 CDs, 600 DVDs & 5000 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, Britannica Academic and IPA Source.
  • A variety of silent and quiet study areas.
  • Group study pods.


  • 13 PCs which provide facilities for word processing, access to the Internet, e-mail and the latest Sibelius software
  • 3 PCs with dedicated access to the Library’s online catalogue
  • Group & silent study areas
  • Photocopying, printing and scanning
  • 2 vinyl players & 2 CD players
  • Library shop
  • Binding service

Opening hours

The library is open during term time and vacation periods and most of our E-Resources are available 24/7 via the virtual learning environment (VLE) platform - SPACE, which you can access on or off campus.

Term Time Hours

Vacation Hours

Monday - Friday
08:45 - 22:00 

Monday - 08:45 - 17:00
Tuesday - 08:45 - 17:00
Wednesday - 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday - 08:45 - 17:00
Friday - 08:45 - 16:30

Saturday & Sunday

Saturday & Sunday - Closed

Please note that there will be no admittance for individual external members during induction and examination weeks, as advertised below (approx. 7 weeks a year)

No admittance dates:

  • 4th -- 19th January 2020
  • 27th April - 31st May 2020

Contact us

If you have a general question or a specific issue you would like to raise with us, please get in touch:


We hope you are happy with the service we provide, but if you would like to make any comments and suggestions about any Library service, please tell us by completing a online form.


Borrowing service

Students will have access to library facilities for the duration of any course lasting 9 weeks or more at Leeds College of Music. Your conservatoire ID card acts as your Library card and provides you with borrowing privileges to many resources, such as Scores, Books, CDs and DVDs that are in the Library. Items that are not immediately available can be reserved online and the library responds to requests for new material either by purchase or by borrowing from external sources.

Online account

Students on full-time courses will automatically be sent a library password at the beginning of their course, which they can then use along with their LCoM ID username, to sign in. Short-course students and external users will have to visit the library counter to set up an account and create a password.

Induction service

The library provides an induction service for all, which is designed to help you in library orientation and getting the best out of the services and resources available to you during your course or membership. If you miss your induction for any reason, haven’t had one, or would like a refresher session, you can request an induction by email.

Online suggestion form

If we do not have an item you require for your course, the library responds to requests for new material via the online suggestion form, either by purchase or by borrowing from external sources.


The library is a member of the Inter Library Loan scheme and subject to approval; many items held in the library may be borrowed by other libraries. Please note that we do not lend items outside the UK.

External Memberships

External Memberships

Reference Use

Members of the public may use the library for reference, listening and study on payment of an annual fee of £15.

Reference, listening and study use is free to LCoM alumni, sixth formers and FE students who are studying music, and Yorkshire Young Musicians studying at LCoM. Parents of Saturday Music School students can enter showing personal ID and their child’s LCoM card.

Standard Membership

Standard Membership of the library is available to LCoM alumni, sixth formers, FE students who are studying music and Yorkshire Young Musicians studying at LCoM, on payment of an annual fee £30. Membership is available to members of the public for an annual fee of £90.

To apply for an external membership,  visit the library reception point and:

  • complete a membership form
  • pay the relevant annual fee and provide photo ID and proof of address
  • agree to abide by the Library rules & regulations

Licensing restrictions prevent all external members from using library PCs or electronic resources.

Non-LCoM members are not entitled to access the main College building.

Important: All personal Library communications will be sent by email so please ensure you check your email regularly.

If you have any questions about Library membership, please contact the Library in person, via email or by telephone 01132223458

Borrowing Rights

Standard Membership gives entitlement to borrow up to ten standard loan items at a time, a maximum of five books, five scores or ten CDs in addition to the use of listening, reference and study facilities.

Standard Item  Loan Term




2 weeks


2 weeks

CDs 1 week

External members may not borrow large ensemble music, designated core texts essential for students work, or DVDs. Reservations and requests for new stock are not allowed.


To provide fair access to resources all borrowers should be aware that books may be recalled at any time. Fines for late-return of a recalled book, score or CD are charged at £1 per day.


All borrowed items should be returned to the library counter. Fines will be charged on overdue items. See penalties below.


  • Late returns will be subject to a 20p per day fine, or £1 per day if reserved by LCoM staff or students.
  • Borrowers with items that are 3 weeks overdue will be invoiced for the full replacement cost of the item 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 will be asked to leave and repeat offenders may have their membership cancelled.

Library Account

This is your personal online portal to the Library for renewing loans. You can access your account from here To login you need to enter your library username and password which will be emailed to you upon joining the library. 


Leeds College of Music Library is a member of the SCONUL Access which is a scheme that allows many university users to visit many other university libraries to borrow or use books and journals which belong to the scheme. If you are a postgraduate, or undergraduate student from a Higher Education institution participating in the SCONUL Access scheme can apply for free Guest User membership of the LCoM Library. To visit LCoM you must apply through your own institution via the SCONUL Access website:

SCONUL Access level of services available at Leeds College of Music:

Band A - Staff and research students. Loans may be allowed. 

Band B - Part time, distance learning and placement students. Loans may be allowed.

Band C - Borrowing to full-time postgraduates studying for taught course degrees.

Band R – Reference only access to full time undergraduates.

Licensing restrictions means that all Guest Users will not be able to use library PCs or electronic resources.

Before visiting

Please let us know 24 hours prior to your planned visit.

What to bring:

  • your SCONUL Access email confirmation
  • your ID card from your academic institution

External visitors opening hours:

  • Normal opening hours, as advertised  below
  • No admittance for External members during induction and examination weeks, as advertised below (approx. 7 weeks a year)

Term Time Hours

Vacation Hours

Monday - Friday
08:45 - 22:00 

Monday - 08:45 - 17:00
Tuesday - 08:45 - 17:00
Wednesday - 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday - 08:45 - 17:00
Friday 08:45 - 16:30

Saturday & Sunday

Saturday & Sunday - Closed

No admittance dates:

  • 4th -- 19th January 2020
  • 27th April - 31st May 2020
About the jazz archive

Ted Heath collections

Ted Heath led Britain's greatest post-war big band. His manuscript band scores and parts are kept at LCoM. The Ted Heath Music Appreciation Society archive complements this collection.

Max Abrams diaries

Max Abrams' diaries, scrapbooks and correspondence give a detailed insight into the life of this well-known drum teacher, who fixed jobs for his students with the top big bands.

Joe Daniels Band sets

Joe Daniels's drumming career lasted from the 1920s to the 1970s. The archive holds his score collection, which includes both original and published arrangements.

Reel to reel tapes

The archive holds tapes of around 5,000 hours of recordings of Duke Ellington on reel-to-reel tape, some of which have never been made available commercially.


There are many thousands of recordings available in the archive, including 33rpm albums, 78rpm discs, home-recorded cassette tapes and a huge CD collection.

Ronnie Aldrich Band sets

Ronnie Aldrich was the pianist in The Squadronaires, from 1940. He was later famous for his Phase 4 stereo recordings, exploiting the stereo possibilities of two pianos. His scores are kept in the Jazz Archive.

Visiting the jazz archive

Visiting the jazz archive

The Jazz Archive is open to interested members of the public by appointment only. Anyone wishing to visit should contact the Library Manager, Claire Marsh. Visits cannot be arranged outside the times below, and visitors without appointments will be turned away.

Term Time Hours

Vacation Hours

Monday - Friday
08:45 - 22:00 

Monday - Thursday - 08:45 - 17:00


Friday - 08:45 - 16:30

Email us

Contact the Library Manager directly at

If your enquiry is urgent, you may prefer to use the general library email. We aim to respond to within 1 working day of receipt.

Phone us

Library counter staff can take your call during working hours.

(0113) 222 3458

Make a donation

Make a donation

We are currently only able to consider taking collections of manuscript music that are significant on a national level, or collections that tell the story of jazz in Yorkshire. For more information please email Claire Marsh -

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