HKB Musical Scores Catalog (local musical scores only)

The BUA music library’s entire stock of musical scores is registered in a separately accessed scores catalog. This catalog can be used for discovery of information about scores available only at the BUA Music Library using pre-set systematic search criteria (see the “Help” link within the Catalog for instructions).


IDS Basel/Bern (scores and other media)

All books, CDs/DVDs and periodicals (as well as about 90% of musical scores) in the BUA music library are accessible through the union catalog of the library consortium IDS Basel/Bern. The consortium catalog also searches the collections of 160 other higher education sector libraries in Bern and Basel.


To search only in the holdings of the BUA Music Library, include the library acronym BEMU in the keyword entry field.


To search for a particular type of media, include the material identifier code Noten, Ton, Filmmaterial or Zeitschrift (German terms for Score, Audio, Video and Periodical) in the keyword entry field.


To search for books only, include the phrase not Noten not Ton in the keyword entry field.


Swissbib (all of Switzerland)

Swissbib enables you to perform global searches in the library catalogs of Swiss universities and technical institutes as well as the Swiss National Library using the “swissbib” search interface and results lists. Swissbib provides information about which libraries own an item found using this search (visible with “mouseover”). You then have to request the item directly from the owner-library.


Swissbib provides search access to 18 million items in 880 library and archive collections in all regions of Switzerland via a single search portal.


These materials include books, periodicals, dissertations, e-books, digital files, films (including VHS, DVDs and Blu-ray), music (sheet music, ensemble and study scores, vinyl, CDs, DVDs), audiobooks, photos, slides, teaching materials, language courses, and much more….


KVK (Europe-wide/worldwide)

The Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog (KVK) facilitates making simultaneous catalog queries to German, Austrian, Swiss, and other international online library catalogs as well as various book and rare-book dealers in a single search.

Electronic Resources

The Music Library offers access to a variety of databases, some of which require an institutional license. Licensed databases are only accessible from the BUA campus or via VPN-client. For instructions on how to install the VPN-client, see the link in the column to the right.


A color-signal system shows whether a database is free (open access) or for licensed users only (on campus or via VPN-client): green = free databases, orange = institutional license databases.



The EZB (Electronic Periodical Library) allows you to access all e-journals from the BUA campus. Employees and students of the BUA can also access all e-journals using the VPN-client from off-campus.


On this campus the default search setting is for Music periodicals.

The Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS), the parent-institution of the BUA, offers access to several e-Book collections. All employees and students of the BUAS can access these e-Books from campus. Registered students and employees can also access the e-books from off-campus using VPN-client. E-Book titles purchased locally by individual BUAS libraries may be found in the appropriate online catalogs.


Specialized Databases

The BUAS libraries participate in group licensing for about 60 Databases with discipline-specific content via the Swiss University Library Consortium. All employees and students of all branches of the institution can access these databases from campus. Students and employees of the BUAS can also access the specialized databases from off-campus via VPN-client.


On this campus the default search setting is for Music and Theater databases.

Beschreibung der wichtigsten Datenbanken

Kostenloser Zugang

Zugang nur innerhalb der BFH oder mit VPN. Zur Installation des VPN-Client sehen Sie bitte hier.

Primärtexte (Liedtexte und Notendatenbanken)

CCARH Publications: Scores & Parts


Music Treasures Consortium

Early Music Sources

Aria Database

The LiederNet-Archive

IMSLP (International Music Score Library Project)

CPDL (Choral Public Domain Library = ChoralWiki)

CSL (Classical Scores Library, von ASP Music Online)

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

JSTOR (Digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources)

Hans Christian Andersen Music

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach




Mozart, Neue Mozart-Ausgabe


Mozart, Digitale Mozart-Edition




Catalogo Ricordi

Katalog von Carl Nielsen’s Werken

The Clarinet Quintet


Ludwig Senfl

Musica: Virtuelle Chormusik-Bibliothek

Populäre und traditionelle Lieder

Sheet Music Consortium

Datenbank neue Musik

Art Song Central

Bach Digital (10'000 digitalisierte handschriftliche Quellen)

Kantoreiarchivh (Noten für Chor, Orchester, Blechbläser, Blockflöten und Orgel)

Mutopiaproject (Projekt, das neu am Computer gesetzte Noten anbietet.)

Bibliographien, Bibliothekskataloge


Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums

Bielefelder Katalog

Bonner Katalog

BRAHMS - Base de Documentation sur la Musique Contemporaine

IPM (Index to Printed Music: Collections & Series)

RILM (Répertoire International de la Littérature Musicale)

RISM [Serie A/II] (Répertoire International des Sources Musicales)

VLM (Verzeichnis lieferbarer Musikalien)


Naxos Music Library (Nur für Einwohner/-innen des Kantons Bern)

AES E-Library


American Song

British Library Sound Archive

Classical Music Library

Contemporary World Music

Jazz Music Library

Smithsonian Global Sound


Oxford Music Online

Sammlung von musikwissenschaftlichen Nachschlagewerken:

  1. Grove Music Online [Unified Search Interface for: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, Encyclopedia of Popular Music, The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, The Grove Dictionary of American Music]
  2. The Oxford Companion to Music;
  3. The Oxford Dictionary of Music;
  4. FAQ: How to use the new Oxford Music Online

Classical Music Reference Library

Biographical Dictionary of Organists, Composers for Organ and Organ Builders

Classical Composers Database


Eitner Quellenlexikon

European Archive

Gluck Gesamtausgabe Werkverzeichnis

Göttinger Bach-Katalog

Händel-Opern seit 1705

Hofmeister XIX

Internationale Dokumentation Elektroakustischer Musik

Klassik Heute


Zeitgenössische Komponisten

Lexikon europäischer Instrumentalistinnen des 18. und. 19. Jahrhunderts

The Living Composers Project

Musicisti Europei a Venezia, Roma e Napoli (1650-1750)

Musik nach Bildern

Musik und Gender im Internet


Musinfo (Schweizer Musikschaffende)

Österreichisches Musiklexikon

Online-Datenbank musikalischer Werke


Oper in Italien und Deutschland zwischen 1770 und 1830

Operone – Die Welt der Oper

Printarchiv der Schweizer Musikzeitung

Schwanensee – der Online-Ballettführer

Töne für Kinder

Women Song Composers

Search Tips

Appropriate search terms from our classification system can be used to retrieve specific types of materials from our library collection: CD, books, music scores (use

the German terms)


Use Boolean operators (and / or / not) and wildcards (partial word with *) to get more relevant search results in library catalogs and databases:

Messiaen and Technik --> hits include items with the words “Messiaen” and “Technik”

Nabucco or Aida --> hits include items with the word “Nabucco” and/or the word “Aida”

Pahlen not Geschichte --> hits include items with the word “Pahlen”, but not the word “Geschichte”

Quintet* --> hits include words that begin with “quintet”, such as “Quintett”, “Quintets”, “Quintette”, “Quintettos”, …

“wohltemperierte Klavier” --> hits include items with exactly these words in exactly this order


Musical Materials Search Tutorial (in German)

Link to a search tutorial (currently available only in German) covering specific search methods for locating print musical scores (Noten), CDs and DVDs (Ton) using standardized composer names, work titles, opus or works catalog numbers, instrumentation, and genre. (Since IDS uses German keyword terms, the illustrative examples in this tutorial may be useful even if your German is not up to speed.)