Facilities & Services

Facilities & Services

The following library facilities are currently available:

•  The RCO Library Online Catalogue.

Some parts of the RCO Library have now been catalogued electronically, in particular most of the sheet music for organ.

Cataloguing is continuing in other areas and news of additions to the electronic catalogue will be announced when appropriate. When seeking sheet music titles Members are encouraged to search this catalogue ahead of contacting the Library Manager with requests for loan (appointment and postal) and reference (appointment only) material. There are some restrictions on the lending of sheet music, largely dependent on the age and condition of an item. Enquiries about this and about access to all the other material in the RCO Library should be made direct to the Library Manager library@rco.org.uk.

To access the Online Catalogue click here.

•  Postal borrowing for RCO Members

If you are an RCO Member you may borrow music, books, recordings, and examination support materials (music and books for set periods and topics, preparatory test material and past aural examination recordings). For more information about the current online catalogue and the general availability of material see 'Online catalogue' above. There will a charge for postage, packing, and administration, payable in advance. For full details of how this facility works, please apply to the Library Manager at library@rco.org.uk

•  Access by appointment

Access to the RCO Library is strictly by appointment only and subject to availability. Making an appointment is essential as space is limited to one person at a time. Even the return of loaned material must be scheduled, however brief. Appointments are available for one morning (10:00-13:00) and one afternoon (14:00-17:00) per week. These are currently set at Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Any fraction of these periods may be taken (from 15 mins to the full 3 hours) and Members, subject to availability, will be limited to 5 three-hour sessions in any one calendar month.

As the collections are housed in closed access shelving, material will be brought to readers, who must, as far as possible, request titles in advance (see 'Online catalogue' above). For material not on electronic catalogue, please consult the Library Manager library@rco.org.uk

•  Photocopying

A photocopying facility is currently not available. The availability of a photocopying service is subject to periodic review.

• Academic Resources & Downloads

The Academic Resources webpage carries a variety of material which is either complete in itself or is to be seen as complementary to printed material. Please visit the Academic Resources page to view.

•  Library events

The Library will be the focus of occasional events during which aspects of the holdings, their history and current development, will be explored. Some will relate to examination syllabus repertoire and topics. News of these events will be posted on this webpage.