Free Library of Philadelphia
1.  What is the Chamber Music Collection?

The Free Library of Philadelphia's Chamber Music Collection is the largest public library circulating collection of chamber music performance parts on the East Coast. With nearly 30,000 works representing all periods of music from Baroque to Modern, the collection includes works for up to ten performers, including solo instruments and vocal/instrumental combinations.

2.  How do I access the Chamber Music Catalog?
To find out if we have the chamber music works that you need, call the Music Department at 215-686-5316, or send an email to chambermusic@freelibrary.org . You may also come to the Music Department in person and browse the Chamber Music Card Catalog. The Chamber Music Catalog is not yet available online through the Free Library website.
3.  Who can borrow music from the Chamber Music Collection?

The Chamber Music Collection is available to any amateur, student, or professional musician, and is not limited to use by Philadelphia residents. Musicians from all over the United States, as well as a number of foreign countries, borrow chamber music from the Free Library of Philadelphia.

4.  How do I borrow sets of chamber music performance parts?

You may borrow sets of chamber music performance parts by leaving a refundable deposit (cash or check) for the value of the music you wish to borrow. Loan periods are flexible, based on your ensembles schedule. Your deposit will be returned to you when you return the music with all parts intact.

Local patrons may pick up their chamber music at the Music Department reference desk; we mail chamber music to borrowers located outside of the Philadelphia area. In the latter case, return postage and insurance is the responsibility of the borrower.

5.  Do you also have scores for chamber music works?

In some cases, the chamber music parts sets include scores. For many works, however, the score is housed in the Music Department main collection, and can be accessed through the Free Librarys online catalog. These items may be borrowed by Free Library cardholders, subject to the conditions listed on the page, About your card . Scores borrowed on a library card must be picked up from the library in person. We do not mail items from the Music Department main collection.

Individuals located outside of the Philadelphia area should contact the Interlibrary Loan department of their local library to borrow scores from the Music Department main collection.