Lent term at the Pendlebury Library of Music

Welcome back to Lent Term 2023 at the Pendlebury Library of Music.

Firstly, we welcome a new member of library staff – Meg Webb joins us as Senior Library Assistant.  Meg did her undergraduate degree here in Music, graduating in 2021 and also has a MA in Library and Information studies from UCL.  We are delighted to have her working with us, so do say hello if you are in the library.

We start the New Year with a display celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the congregational hymn “Amazing Grace”.  Its verses were first heard in public on the 1st January 1773 during a New Year’s Day Sermon given by the Reverend John Newton in the English town of Olney in Buckinghamshire.

Pendlebury Library Display Case at the entrance to the library – Amazing Grace – display by Meg Webb.

The hymn has gone on to find an important role within the American Civil Rights Movement during the 20th century, and was performed at the funeral of George Floyd and sung by President Barack Obama in 2015 during the funeral for the victims of the Charleston shooting

Back to what’s happening in the Pendlebury Library of Music.

Firstly, a reminder that if you are looking for any short loan books (marked as One Day Loans) that you need to look in the Reading Room. We now have a dedicated section pulling together all the print titles that feature heavily in Reading Lists for the Tripos courses. These are identified by the lecturers as being essential texts and are available as One Day Loans. We will always purchase an eBook if it exists for such titles, although inevitably there will be some titles that publishers have not made available in electronic format.

A quick reminder about eBooks. Some titles simply don’t exist as eBooks. Generally, eBook versions are most commonly available for publications printed in the last decade or two. Digitised books scanned by institutions are usually significantly older, to be safely out of copyright. This means that a great deal of 20th-century books in particular are not available except in print.

Some publishers provide eBooks for individual private purchase only because that model is the most effective for them financially. An eBook being available for you to purchase via Amazon, say, does not automatically mean that the library can buy a copy. We will always do our best to try to find an institutional copy to buy, but sometimes there simply will not be one.

Some publishers have not licensed their eBooks for sale in the UK market. In some cases it might be possible to purchase an institutional eBook in, say, North America, but not here (and the reverse is likely to be true too).

Our display stand for New Scores is just inside the Reading Room on the left as you enter. Take a look at what we’ve been purchasing in the last couple of months.

New Scores on display in the Pendlebury Reading Room, January 2023

For those of you who took advantage of our “Grab and Run” boxes last term – you will be pleased to know that these will again make an appearance midway through Lent term. Look out for information on the library noticeboards and an email nearer the time! As ever, it’s first come, first served, to help yourself to books and scores that are surplus to requirements, usually duplicates from donations received or items withdrawn from library stock. Everything is free to take, so you could find a hidden gem!

Queuing to find something exciting in the Grab and Run boxes


Metropolitan Opera logo
Metropolitan Opera logo

New e-Resource – Met Opera on Demand
We now have access to Met Opera on Demand for this academic year, so do try it out and let us have any feedback, which will add weight to us being able to continue our subscription.
Met Opera on Demand: student access for 5 simultaneous users.
Access it from the Music LibGuide (scroll down to Finding sound and video resources):


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