About the Henry Watson Music Library
The Henry Watson Music Library is named after Dr. Henry Watson, a renowned composer and teacher born in nearby Accrington.
The library today - contains some 380,000 books and individual items of music, including:
monographs (some 9,500 books on western and non-western art music, folk, jazz and popular music)
- periodicals (50 popular and scholarly titles with extensive back-runs)
printed music (vocal, choral, orchestral and popular music)
early printed music and manuscript collections
Most of the material is available for loan but a a selection of reference works is available for research and study purposes or for leisure reading.
Pre-1850 and rare material and Henry Watson's own collection are held in the library's strong rooms. These books are available in the Central Library search room with at least one day's notice - request to view books in the search room.
Library members can use our free on-line reference library, this carries a huge number of resources including online music such as Oxford Music Online and Naxos, where you can listen to music free of charge.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any enquiries.