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Music library

RNIB's music library holds one of the largest collections of accessible format music for blind and partially sighted musicians.

Image: A close-up of a piece of Braille music

About the music library

The music library is free to members of the RNIB Library.

You can choose from a wide range of vocal and instrumental scores, from classical pieces and opera to popular music and jazz.

You can find out more and sign up below.

Braille music

Braille music is based on the same six dots as traditional braille letters but the meanings of the braille characters are redefined to represent musical signs instead of traditional letters. So, there are signs for each note, key, tempo and duration, as well as all the other musical signs you would expect in a score such as dynamics, ornaments, articulations and so on.

Once mastered, the braille music code opens up a world of pleasure and fulfilment and keeps the magic of playing an instrument alive.

We offer:

  • More than 2,000 braille music scores
  • Music for piano, organ, and voice as well as a variety of other instruments including strings, woodwind, and brass
  • Music for all tastes and abilities
  • Tutor books for beginners in braille music
  • Books about music including the history and theory of music.

The Music Library is free to blind and partially sighted people in the UK.

Large print

If you are learning an instrument or need to access music education resources in large print, then you should be eligible to access the RNIB Bookshare collection. RNIB Bookshare supports those who are unable to access print by providing a vast collection of accessible textbooks and materials to support the UK curriculum from early years to adult education. You can access and request titles through your educational organisation (UK-wide) or local Music Education Hub (England only).

For more information or to sign up to the RNIB Library get in touch:

You can also read more about the Music support we offer and our Transcription service, which is free to individuals.