The Royal College of Music Library is a world-renowned resource, housing a significant historical collection. There are a number of ways you can support our work to help preserve important resources for future generations.
Restore a Score
Our Restore a Score scheme has aided the conservation and preservation of many manuscripts and early volumes in our collection.
As a working resource, the library is used daily and as a result of age, handling and general use, many volumes are in need of conservation.
Donations to the Restore a Score fund will enable us to undertake vital conservation work on the Library's collections on an ongoing basis. All donations, whatever their size, will make a difference.
There are two different ways you can help:
- Pay the full cost of conservation for an item in the RCM Library collections
- Make a general donation towards the Restore a Score fund
Items in need of conservation are drawn from all areas of the RCM collections, and full details of these items can be found in our public list.
Feel free to contact us if you would like any more information. General enquiries about the scheme or questions about specific conservation work should be directed to the library team. Any enquiries about donations should be directed to our Supporter Engagement Officer.
Alternatively you can complete and submit our downloadable donation form.
Donations of music & books
Donations to the RCM Library have from its very inception made a significant contribution to the quality of its collections and to the range of material available for students and professors.
The library is happy to accept donations of music books, printed music and CDs as well as more valuable manuscript and early printed volumes. The library can no longer accept LPs, cassettes or 78rpm discs. The library is unable to collect gifts so can only accept those which can be delivered to the college. The library retains the right to keep or dispose of any items that are offered.
Unless collections offered are of considerable historical significance, we are unable to keep them intact, but potential donors are welcome to get in touch to discuss their wishes or to receive suggestions as to possible alternative homes.
Contact the library
If you would like to talk to us about support or donations please contact the friendly library team who will be happy to answer your questions.