the New York Public Library, we are the holders of the largest
collection of sheet music available to the general public (via
| Please note, the Victorian Music Library is in storage until further notice.|
Victorian Music Library (VML) is a not-for-profit music resource center, managed entirely by volunteers, to preserve and provide for loan
a collection of over 15,500 items of catalogued sheet music, and approximately 80,000 uncatalogued items - this number expands on a weekly basis due to generous and thoughtful donations.
to make the music collection available to our members who include
orchestras, string ensembles, brass bands, school music departments,
musicians, performers, students and music teachers.
is available at a reasonable rate and allows loans from our collection
along with other benefits. We also welcome supporters of the library and
gratefully accept all donations which can be made tax deductible.
Our collection currently includes:
• Piano music solos – used by both performers and teachers
• Orchestral music -- often used for school performances
• String orchestra music – used by school and community groups
• Band music – suitable for new bands and community groups
• Percussion music – a large collection rarely available elsewhere
• Solo instrumental music – including pieces for AMEB and VCE exams
• Choral and vocal music – both secular and religious
• Chamber music – often used in schools or by professionals searching for out of print material
Please click on the Catalogues tab above for more detailed information, or feel free to contact us with any questions.
The Victorian Music Library was established in 1974 under the Federal Government Innovations Grants. Application for the grant was made by two string teachers from the Victorian Education Department Instrumental Division as a result of research and needs of teachers at professional development days. The application was made on behalf of string teachers, students and the community who urgently needed ready access to print music to stimulate and encourage the playing of string music for students and school string ensembles. (Most string music was and is still a low priority music import into Australia).
The original agreement was for the following:
Federal government would initially provide establishment monies for the
purchase of sheet music for string players - solo and string ensemble.
- The funds for location and staffing would be provided by the Department of Education. There was to be input from the community.
library was established to aid schools, music teachers and music
students and was to provide community access, as well as support all
- Access to the library would stimulate and support the
performance of instrumental music by providing string solo, chamber
ensemble, choral and orchestral music etc. for VCE, Australian Music
Examinations Board and other ensemble performances.
The Victorian Music Library has gone through a number of name changes
reflecting the content of the sheet music collection. It was originally
known as the “String Music Library” and then the “Victorian Educational
Music Library”. Since the early 1980s it has been known by its current
name, “The Victorian Music Library”.
The Victorian Music Library was initially housed at Camberwell High
School and during that time was required to move to three different
locations within the school. Later the library was moved to Graham St.
Primary School in Port Melbourne, followed by a further relocation to
Moreland City College. The latter two moves have been within the last
In 2006 the VML moved again, as the Moreland City School
site was to be renovated for other purposes within the Education
Department. The VML sheet music was therefore packed into approx. 1,000
boxes by voluntary staff and relocated yet again, along with a large
array of library shelving, to The Uniting Church
Archives in Elsternwick. We have now had to vacate that site and at present the Library is in storage whilst we look for a new home.