John Paynter Music Library

The John Paynter Music Library is an elegant facility, located within the University's J B Morrell Library, and houses the main music collections. It is also equipped with digital pianos, and media replay equipment. The physical collection as well as an extensive range of electronic resources are searchable through the YorSearch.

Information specifically useful for music students has been compiled by our Subject Librarians, Olivia Else and Ned Potter. They can be contacted at

Sound Resources

The University Library houses and extensive collection of CDs and DVDs, which are available for listening and research. There are also archival recordings available for student use in the University of York Sound Archives.

Minster Library

The York Minster Library, situated in Dean's Park on the north side of the Minster, is Britain's largest Cathedral Library. It is affliated to the University library and is open to all students from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. The collection contains 120,000 volumes of which 25,000 were printed before 1801, including 115 incunables. The main subject coverage of the books in the Library is theology, history (particularly ecclesiastical), art and architecture (particularly ecclesiastical, and especially stained glass), religious literature, York and Yorkshire. Of particular note for Music students is the collection of archives and manuscripts in the York Minster Archive which contains an impressive collection of music manuscripts and early printed sources.

For more information, go to the York Minster: Library, Archives & Conservation

Or locate the catalogues in the library: 

D. Griffiths, A Catalogue of the Printed Music Published Before 1850 in York Minster Library (York, 1977)

D. Griffiths, A Catalogue of the Music Manuscripts in York Minster Library (York, 1981)