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Borrowers' books of the Oxford Music Students' Library


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'Signing-out' books for the Music Students' Library of the University of Oxford providing details of items borrowed between 1919 and 1952. The lists show the borrower's name (often with College affiliation), items borrowed (with indication which collection they come from) and the period of loan. Among the borrowers (who often signed out the material themselves) are eminent figures such as Hugh Allen, Adrian Boult, Joseph Horovitz, Rosemary Hughes, Ernest Walker, William Walton and Jack Westrup.


  • Creation: 1919-1952


0.22 Linear metres (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 15534/1].

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MSS. 15534/1-2

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15534


Two 'Borrowers' Books' covering the years 1919-1952, previously belonging to the Oxford Music Students' Library and later incorporated into the Music Faculty Library, University of Oxford, 1919-1952.

Biographical / Historical

The Oxford University Music Students' Library (which was located at some stage in the Radcliffe Camera and later in the Music Faculty Library) originated as a collection of music and books on music designed particularly for use by those studying music at the University of Oxford. Although primarily a lending collection, the library is enriched with various gifts and bequests from Hugh Allen, Henry Hadow, Ernest Walker and John Henry Mee.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, 2005.

Physical Facet

The first volume is bound in black half-calf with brown cloth-covered boards and bears a label: 'Music Students' Library, [Bodleian?] Library (Camera, Oxford)'. The second volume is bound in red half-calf with dark-green cloth-covered boards. Both volumes were produced by Emberlin & Son of Oxford, though the imprint in each volume has a different address.

Borrowers' books of the Oxford Music Students' Library, 1919-1952
Finding aid prepared by Margaret Czepiel
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom