Music Department

The Music Department is temporarily closed.

Monday, March 22 – Message from Staff


The Music Department is available for 30 minute research appointments during the hours that Parkway Central Library is open to the public: 

Monday-Friday, 12-4pm.

No browsing or walking-ins at this time.

Librarians are available to make appointment requests and answer reference questions by phone 215 686 5316 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm or by email at:  We look forward to assisting you with your research in any way we can.

The music department owns one of the largest collections of music and dance materials in the country, with over 100,000 volumes. The department lends piano vocal scores of operas, Broadway musicals, choral music, folk, jazz and popular music. Classical performance music is available for loan in scores and parts for chamber ensembles of up to 10 instruments in the Chamber Music Collection. Study scores of large works are available as well as scores for individual instruments and ensembles. The collection includes books on music and dance history and criticism; theory and performance technique; musical instruments; biographies of musicians and composers, dancers and choreographers. An extensive reference collection of LP and CD recordings can be played on 2 listening stations in the department. The sheet music collections contain over 250,000 popular, classical and folk titles from the colonial era to the present day.  Not sure where to start? Check out our FAQ page.