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Online music and resources

In addition to providing services within the music library, we also subscribe to electronic resources. These are available at all our libraries and, using your library card, at home, at work or on the move. 

Naxos Music Library  

The world´s largest online classical music library, Naxos allows you to stream and listen to music online.  It currently offers over 2.5m tracks and includes the complete catalogues of:

  • BIS
  • Capriccio
  • Chandos
  • Hänssler
  • Hungaroton
  • Marco Polo
  • Naxos
  • Ondine. 

Selected titles from other leading independent and major labels are also available, including: 

  • Harmonia Mundi
  • Naïve
  • Supraphon
  • VOX 
  • Decca
  • Deutsche Grammophon
  • Warner Classics
  • Warner Classics - Parlophone (ex-EMI catalogue)
  • Sony Classical. 

Over 600 albums are added monthly and, in many cases, the same music will be available in various different performances. In addition to classical music, there are other genres, including jazz and world music.   

Naxos Music Library can be accessed and streamed from a computer or mobile device. Our subscription includes a maximum number of simultaneous users. If you find that you are unable to access the service email music@bournemouthlibraries.org.uk or call 01202 127 000.  

Oxford Music Online  

Charting the diverse history and culture of music and musicians from around the world, Oxford Music Online has over 55,000 articles written by over 6,000 leading international experts. This resource includes Grove online, the Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Companion to Music. 

Oxford Music Online includes detailed works on a vast range of composers, over 33,000 biographies and more than 500 Sibelius-enabled audio examples. Its learning resources and timelines also provide invaluable support for teachers and students.  

Rock's Backpages  

Rock's Backpages is a complete archive of the history of rock music and includes access to a selection of free articles. You'll need to register and sign in to view these articles.