New Grove dictionary of music and musicians Key English-language encyclopedia of music (via Oxford Music Online), including The new Grove dictionary of opera / … of jazz.

Naxos Music Library (NML) Classical music audio streaming database with over 125,000 CDs of almost all major classic labels. After use, please finish the session by clicking on "Log-Out"!

RILM Key bibliography for dependent literature (journal articles, etc.) and secondary literature on music (from 1967)

MGG Online Central German-language encyclopaedia of music (includes contents of MGG2 plus updates).

RIPM List of articles from more than 120 music journals from 1800 to c. 1950, often with full text access (RIPM Online Archive)

RISM List of music manuscripts from 1600 to c. 1850, with incipits and location information

Discover e-journals in your subject area with BrowZine. The best starting point is here: Musicology journals


Consultation hours for literature research

Our subject librarian for musicology would be pleased to assist you in making full use of the resources of the University Library Bern:

  • Assistance in researching your topic
  • Using specialized databases
  • Help with search strategies
  • Support for working with literature management programs

Please make an appointment by e-mail. The consultation can also be made via Teams or Zoom..

For further services of our subject librarians please visit the Portal Humanities and Theology of the University Library of Bern (in German).

Our collection in musicology and music can be requested through our online catalog swisscovery Universität und PH Bern. Open access holdings can be found in the following libraries:

Mittelstrasse Library

  • Literature on all fields of musicology including anthropology of music
  • Specialized musicological literature, literature on individual aspects
  • Collection focus: music theater, opera of the 19th century
  • Music: complete editions, memorial and series editions, scores, study scores, piano scores
  • Record library (internal use, not borrowable)

University Library of Bern Stacks

  • Literature on classical music, popular music, and jazz as well as historical and systematic musicology
  • General scientific literature, survey works, general works
  • Introductory literature, basic and study literature
  • Music: complete editions, memorial and series editions

Basisbibliothek Unitobler BTO

  • Introductory literature on ethnomusicology

Münstergasse Library

  • Publications on the musical life of the city and canton of Bern and on Bernese people of music
  • Reference works in the reading room

Non-university specialist institutions in Bern