Purpose of Collection:

The Music collection at Carleton Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. Music is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. As such, the collection also provides support for teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields such as Cultural Mediations, African Studies, Indigenous Studies, Canadian Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Film Studies, and Digital Humanities.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our Music Subject Guide.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

  • Undergraduate Programs
  • Graduate Programs
  • Interdisciplinary/Collaborative/Specialized Programs
    • M.A. Music and Culture with Specialization in African Studies
    • M.A. Music and Culture with Specialization in Digital Humanities

Themes/Subject Coverage

  • Music in Canada: scholarly works concerning music, composers, musicians, and musical life in Canada
  • Music theory
  • History of occidental music
  • Music and gender
  • Philosophy and aesthetics
  • Music criticism
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Genre studies
  • History and criticism of the music industry
  • Critical analysis of individual works, composers, performers in popular music and recording industries
  • Music and film
  • Music and technology

Selection Guidelines


Primarily new scholarship is collected with earlier material acquired to fill in a series gap, replace an important work that is missing or damaged, or in response to faculty and student recommendations.


All geographical regions included, with focus on Canadian content.


English will be the main focus of the collection with materials in other languages to be acquired at faculty request.


Books, journals, audio-visual materials, reference works. ​Some material, including sheet music and textbooks, are only collected by faculty request.


Autobiographies, memoirs, review anthologies, hymnals, textbooks on the study and teaching of music, concert programs, history of music societies

Additional Collection Information

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