Music Resources

Whether you’re a seasoned musician or just getting started, the Carnegie Library Music Department is here to help.

Our staff of music librarians provide music services to a vast range of musicians, researchers and enthusiasts. We offer an extensive collection of sound recordings, printed music, databases and special collections, as well as workshops and gadgets to assist you in getting started on your musical journey.

Music Special Collections

The Music Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is one of the outstanding public library music collections in the United States. The Department’s historic music collections include numerous special files and indexes that cover all aspects of music, including material related to music and musicians in the Pittsburgh area. Books, scores, periodicals, and scrapbooks from the libraries of 19th and 20th century Pittsburgh musicians form a historical base for the collection.

For a list of unique Pittsburgh music resources, see Music Special Collections.

For access to these resources, call the Music Department at 412.622.3105 or email musicdept@carnegielibrary.org.

Music Research Databases

In addition to our Special Collections, the Music Department offers a wide range of streaming music and research databases. A complete, annotated list can be found on our Music Research Resources page.

Music Gadgets Collection

The Music Department at CLP – Main (Oakland) now has a small but growing collection of musical gadgets and gear available for check out and in-house exploration. The collection boasts analog and digital synthesizers, drum machines, guitar pedals, microphones, ukuleles, a Moog Theremin and more. Browse the collection today!

To borrow an item from our circulating instrument collection:

  • You will need a library card that is current and in good standing
  • You must be 18 years or older, or accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • You can check out up to two items at a time
  • Items are checked out and returned to the Music Department Reference Desk
  • Items are checked out for one week
  • Items are non-renewable but are requestable by phone or in-person

Questions? Contact the Music Department at 412.622.3105 or email musicdept@carnegielibrary.org.

For updates on classes and programs sign up for our monthly Music, Film & Audio eNewsletter, or contact the Music Department for more information.

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