A 21st Century Music Library

November 19th 2013

What should a 21st Century Music Library for Dublin be like? How can we re-imagine our Music Library for the future? We visited music libraries and recording spaces to investigate the requirements and wishes of music library users in Dublin and beyond. We also spoke to Comhairle na nÓg about what a new Music Library could offer to young people. The following facilities and services were highlighted:

  • Spaces for meeting, rehearsal, practice and performance for a range of ages
  • Multimedia equipment and resources for listening, viewing and researching
  • Music streaming services – classical music and other genres
  • Recording facilities
  • Open, accessible, strong digital and print lending collections and reference works to support curriculum and competition, learning and leisure

We think that a new Music Hub should be a place to promote research, study and performance of music, to provide opportunities for personal creative development and stimulate the imaginations of listeners of all ages and abilities. Building on the strengths of the current Music Library at the Central Library, the new Music Hub will consist of a blend of physical and digital resources.  It should bring people in contact with the best available in the realms of literature and performance of music. We should build on our strengths of provision of sheet music – our Music Collection includes rare scores and Irish sheet music. We should support the creation and performance of music through our facilities, providing access to instrument self-learning facilities, recording equipment and space to practice. We should showcase talent through recitals and concerts in the library. We should nurture a love of music from an early age through creation of space for children to interact with music. We should underline Dublin City Public Libraries’ commitment to learning by providing excellent research facilities, and supporting the school music curriculum from primary level through to Leaving Certificate.

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