CYM Library - Community & Youth Music Library

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Community & Youth Music Library - A National Resource

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CYM Library and Covid-19: Updated 10/1/21

CYM Library staff are currently not in the office, as Hornsey main library is closed because of the new lockdown and once more we are working from home. We expect the library to re-open soon and we will then be visiting occasionally with the eventual aim of a full return on Tuesdays and Fridays.  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.  We are 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 rehearsals.  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. If music is required during the next couple of months, we can arrange that, but not on a "next day" basis.  If you have music to return, it would be helpful if you would hold on to it until the current lockdown is modified, but if that is impossible, there are arrangements for Parcelforce and other couriers to make contact with the library office and deliver parcels to us, even if the library is shown as being closed. Please get in touch by email if you wish to contact us.  We send you our good wishes and hope you are all staying safe and 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.