Scottish Music Libraries and Archives


  • National Library of Scotland extensive national collections and digitisation projects, including historic sound recordings.
  • A K Bell Library, Perth – home to the Atholl Collection, some 600 items of books and manuscripts relating to Scottish music.  Catalogue pdf available on request.
  • Scottish Music Centre – important depository of music scores as well as a wide range of supporting material.
  • Tobar an Dualchais – online library of sound recordings and images combining collections from the School of Scottish Studies (University of Edinburgh), the Canna Collection, and BBC Radio nan Gàidheal, dedicated to preserving Scotland’s oral history; resources in Gaelic, Scots and English.
  • Wighton Collection – 19th century collection of traditional Scottish music books and manuscripts curated in the Dundee Central Library.

HIGHER EDUCATION LIBRARIES in Scotland and Elsewhere

  • MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada – songs and folklore of Scots Gaelic diaspora using the fieldword of MacEdward Leach (1897-1967) curated by the Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John’s, Canada.
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – library holdings particularly strong in material relating to performance.
  • St Cecilia’s Hall – University of Edinburgh-run facility: a unique 18th century purpose-built concert hall, and a nationally important collection of early instruments; information videos on Youtube with highlights of the collection.
  • University of Aberdeen – particular strengths in the folk culture of NE Scotland, including oral history.  A copyright library from 1710 to 1836.   The Elphinstone Institute (founded in 1995) conducts research into Scottish ethnomusicology.
  • University of Edinburgh specialist collections of manuscripts, books and musical instruments.  The School of Scottish Studies (founded 1951) conducts important research into Scottish and Scottish diasporic oral culture and hosts a Sound Archive .
  • University of Glasgow – specialist collections include archives relating to important Scottish composers.
  • University of St Andrews – a copyright library from 1710 to 1836.