Explore: Music

Pūoro - Music

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

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 streaming services.

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

Our music collections

There are music CD collections in Tūranga, Fendalton, Linwood, New Brighton, Papanui, Shirley, South, Te Hāpua, and Upper Riccarton Libraries.

Our vinyl LP collection is held in storage and 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 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.

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.

Featured music

Opera at the library: Eight Songs for a Mad King

Be in to win a double pass to New Zealand Opera's Eight Songs for a Mad King, at Tūranga on Sunday 6 December.

See the winners in our RNZB Sleeping Beauty competitions

Here are the winners in our two competitions to win tickets to RNZB's The Sleeping Beauty at the Isaac Theatre Royal.

Happy Birthday Adolphe Sax!

Either you're the sort who loves a saxophone solo or hates it. Dan recommends resources to help increase your sax apppeal.

Recent necrology, August 2020

Some well-known people who have died recently including American actor Chadwick Boseman, writer Eugene McCabe, and artist John Nixon.
Music notes

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

Image collection: music
Browse photographs old and new of music related subjects.
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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