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Community & Youth Music Library - A National Resource

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CYM Library and Covid-19: Updated 28/9/20

CYM Library staff continue to work from home.  Email remains our sole means of communication and any emails received are dealt with daily.  Please do not leave messages on the CYM Library answerphone as it is not working.  Hornsey Library, where we have our office, remains closed, probably for another six weeks. You will be pleased to know we are now able to accept reservations of our vocal, orchestral and wind band music, but with flexibility on the start date.  This takes into account the fact that many of you do not yet know when you will be able to commence rehearsing.  We can send you a quote for hire charges, but not actually send an invoice until your start date is confirmed.  These reservations would be firm, meaning that you would have first option if anyone else showed interest. We will update you by email as soon as we have any more information.  WE MUST STRESS THAT WE ARE STILL NOT ABLE TO ACCEPT MUSIC RETURNS. We send good wishes to all choirs and orchestras/bands and trust you all still keeping well.  Peter and Ceri

Welcome to the Community & Youth Music Library, a very large collection of vocal scores and instrumental parts, from which, for a small hire charge, you can borrow music for your choir, orchestra or wind band.

We lend sets of scores to schools, choirs, amateur orchestras, opera groups and bands throughout the UK and even farther afield.

We're located at the London Borough of Haringey's Hornsey Library, but the scores are usually sent by post.

The sections of the Library that are used most are about 600 multiple-copy sets of major choral and stage works, 750 sets of orchestral parts and 1000 wind band sets. Together these cover a very large part of the standard orchestral and choral classical music repertoire and a wide selection of concert band music. But we also hold large stocks of part-songs and other smaller choral works.

You can browse our catalogues of choral, orchestral and band music on this website. Or you can contact us by telephone (0203 602 5214) or, better still, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and tell us what you're looking for.

The Community & Youth Music Library is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England – no. 6565945 – and is also a registered charity, no. 1138705.