Explore: Music

Pūoro - Music

Listen online, research, or make music of your own at the library.

Stream music online using one of our great eResources, including classical, jazz, world, country folk and popular. Our streaming music is free to library card holders and is ad-free.

Find music from around the world and in a range of genres - thousands of CDs, tapes, LPs and DVDs as well as music scores, music books and magazines, and online music research resources

Create your own music at the library using instruments, recording equipment and specialist software.

Music collections

With the increasing popularity of streamed music the libraries offering music CD collections are Tūranga, Fendalton, Linwood, South, Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, and Upper Riccarton Libraries.

Some music CDs are held in storage and along with our vinyl LP collection may be requested.

There is also a range of music DVDs available for borrowing across the network.

Music eResources

Listen online with music eResources.

Music eResources

Music books

Taupuni Oro/Ataata – Audio/Video Studio: Tūranga

Taupuni Oro/Ataata – Audio/Video Studio: Tūranga

The Audio/Video Studio is a place to shoot and edit video, record and edit sound, and to compose, record, and mix sound recordings.

Ngā Kōrero Auaha – Creative Stories: King Cass

Rapper King Cass uses the Taupuni Oro/Ataata Audio/Video Studio at Tūranga to record and produce his motivational hip-hop music.

Ngā Kōrero Auaha – Creative Stories: The Burdetts

Lorelei & Rosanne Burdett talk about their experience using Tūranga to record an audio version of Lorelei's book about her mental health.

Music magazines

For online articles and interviews with musicians try Rock's Backpages.

Music magazines

Latest music by genre

Latest music by genre

Māori music — Taonga Pūoro

Information and resources about Māori musical traditions.

New Zealand Music

Celebrate New Zealand music - we have CDs, books, and resources about the music of Aotearoa.

CSO music trails through the library

CSO music trails through the library

Free, 45 minute music and story performances for kids by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

Written music

Some of our extensive collection of music scores and sheet music is available at Tūranga. The rest is in storage but may be requested (see placing holds).

Scores are available for piano, guitar, but also for flute, clarinet and many other instruments.

Explore more music resources

Music images
View a set of musical images on Canterbury Stories

Music images
Browse music-related photographs on the Discovery Wall

Learning music
Music tuition options from community information directory CINCH and links to library resources and learn–to–play materials

Learning a musical instrument
Resources to help music learners

Māori music
Traditional and modern Māori music

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