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Music and drama library

Borrow from our selection of playsets, musical scores and band music sets.

Contact details

Music & Drama Library
County Library
Northgate Street

Tel: 01473 927267


For groups, orchestras, bands, repertory companies, dramatic societies, play reading circles or individuals. Check the online catalogue to find out what is available.


Contact us for a membership form.

If you’re in a group, choose someone to use the library card. Bring your form to the library, with proof of identity (e.g. driving licence) and some official group documentation, such as headed paper or a concert or play programme, along with the annual subscription fee (see below). We’ll issue you with a group library card.

Borrowing titles

Borrow, reserve or collect titles from us or any library in Suffolk. Tell us your maximum loan period so we can plan lending to other groups. Overdue charges are payable on all titles returned late (see below).

Advance bookings

We welcome advance bookings. Tell us what you need and the date required.

Getting titles we don’t stock

We will try and buy new copies or request them from another music library in the UK. A customer request charge is payable (see below).

Performance rights and royalty payments

Plays are not necessarily released for amateur performance. Please make sure you have applied to the publisher and obtained permission to perform the play. Royalty payments are usually payable on any music or play performed publicly. Contact the publisher or the MCPS – PRS Alliance (Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society and Performing Right Society) at an early stage of your production.

Copying scores and plays

Under the Copyright, Designs & Patent Act 1988, all unauthorised copies are illegal, whether made by machine or by hand. We will try and provide you with sufficient copies for your needs.

Borrows and returns

  • Remove any pencil markings your group may have made on copies
  • Check the number of parts before you take them away
  • Return all parts in the listed order
  • If any parts are lost or damaged, please let us know as soon as possible. If you can replace them with new or good condition copies of the same edition, this would help us greatly. If not, a charge will be made as we will need to purchase a replacement
  • We would appreciate an acknowledgement in your programme


Subscriptions per annum Suffolk groups Groups outside Suffolk
Music and Drama Library £2.40 per member per annum (minimum £14.40) £5.00 per member per annum (minimum £50.00)
Schools £100.00 £100.00
Charges Loan period Loan charge Overdue charge Maximum overdue charge
Play sets 12 weeks £7.00 50p/day £24.50
Plays on approval 1 week £1.75 50p/day £24.50
Band music sets 12 weeks £10.00 50p/day £24.50
Chamber music sets 12 weeks £5.00 50p/day £24.50
Orchestral music sets 12 weeks £16.00 50p/day £24.50
Vocal score sets 12 weeks £7.00 50p/day £24.50
Vocal score sets in folders 12 weeks £5.00 50p/day £24.50

Note: If sets are returned incomplete, there will be an administration charge of £6.50 for each incomplete set.

Customer Request Charges

For music sets or play sets not in stock, which are requested from libraries outside Suffolk: £15.00 each set, £30.00 if supplied by more than one authority.

If items have not been returned, overdue notices are sent after the 4th and 7th week, and a bill for replacement is sent after the 10th week. The bill includes the overdue charge as well as the replacement cost.