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

Bloomsbury Popular Music

Popular music resources including Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World and the widely acclaimed 33 1/3 series.

Music Online: Listening

Streaming audio of classical, popular, and world music, opera, and jazz. Music online: Listening consists of 6 collections.

Naxos Jazz

Streaming over 9000 jazz albums, from jazz legends to contemporary jazz.

Naxos Music Library

Online classical music library of streaming music. Includes standard and rare recordings, album notes, reference and tuition material.

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

Recent necrology, August 2020

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

Recent necrology, July 2020

Some well-known people who have died recently including rugby legend Andy Haden, film actor Olivia de Havilland, and author Josephine Cox.

A night with Pablo Neruda

Renee reports back from a special evening of music and poetry in celebration of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

Quirky and Left of Centre Music

If you like artists who are unique in their expression, you might enjoy some of these.
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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