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Borrow music scores and sets

We have a large collection of orchestral sets and vocal scores for orchestras and choirs to borrow for a small charge. We need 3 months minimum and 6 months maximum notice period to manage requests.


How to borrow music scores and sets

Use the online request form to reserve orchestral, choral, chamber and part song sets.

Make a Request


When you make your request online you can also select to pay using a credit or debit card
The total charge for the items you have requested will be added to your library account at the point we process your reservation.

Charges for music sets

You can pay

  • Online using a credit or debit card
  • At all libraries: by cash or cheque
  • Larger libraries can accept cash, cheque, credit or debit card payment.

Find the music you want

Place a request for a music set

The Music Sets room will be staffed Monday to Friday: 9am-1pm

Customers please note: We are no longer able to offer customers visits outside of these hours

You can collect your items in person at Gloucester Library, Brunswick Road, Gloucester. If you prefer, you can request your items be delivered to your local library when you place your order. There will be an additional charge for this.

Up to 6 months

We will start the process within 1 working day. The length of time will depend on how straight-forward it is to identify and order your sets. We will contact you if we have any queries regarding your request.

Once we have processed your request we will:

  • confirm that we can supply for your required dates
  • update library staff at the library you have chosen to collect from

We find that in most cases we can supply the items you request. There may be times when it is not possible to supply the number of copies required, or a specific edition. In these cases we will contact you and credit the charges back to your library account.

Please contact Gloucester Library music service: gloucester.music@gloucestershire.gov.uk or telephone 01452 426983.

If the requested music has been sourced by library staff there will be no refund.

If the requested music has not been sourced by library staff any charges paid will be credited to your membership card.



You will have to pay a penalty charge if a set is returned incomplete.

Lost items must be replaced with an identical edition and bound as appropriate and we apply a £15 automatic charge for missing parts. The set/ scores will not be discharged from your library record until a replacement has been supplied, and the charge paid for.

We will try to be as accommodating as we can for you during this period. If there are no other reservations on the sets, we may be able to offer an extension on the loan so you can track down the missing parts. Please contact us Gloucester Library music service: gloucester.music@gloucestershire.gov.uk or telephone 01452 426983.

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