Oxford Music

We are pleased to announce that Coventry Libraries and Information Service now provides access to Grove Music Online, the definitive source for music scholarship.

Grove Music Online, a part of Oxford Music Online, is a comprehensive compendium of music scholarship drawing from the full texts of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2nd ed.), and also includes new and updated articles and bibliographies exclusively available online. Grove Music Online also includes access to The Oxford Companion to Music and The Oxford Dictionary of Music (2nd ed.) which supplements Grove’s more extensive coverage with content geared toward undergraduates and general users.

Grove Music Online is a living resource with scholars and specialists from around the world continually reviewing and updating existing content and contributing new articles, including articles from The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2nd ed.) and the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2nd ed.). In addition to the vast number of entries on music history and culture, Grove Music Online features a host of exceptional learning resources that organise the content for use in the classroom, making it an essential resource for scholars and students alike.

User benefits

  • Features more than 50,000 articles written by over 9,000 leading international experts
  • Links to audio and video recordings as well as score facsimiles, thanks to a partnership with Alexander Street Press
  • Learning resources and timelines
  • Regular updates keep you up to date on the most current thinking by top scholars

“Oxford Music Online is a very user-friendly interface to resources now regarded as reference standards in music research.” - Booklist, Starred Reviews

You can use Oxford Music for free as part of your library membership. Not a member? Join the library.

How to use Oxford Music 

Use Oxford Music online via the website 

  • Go to Oxford Music
  • You will need your library card number (the 14-digit number on the back of your library card)


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