Art and Music

Interested in art or music? These online resources are great place to begin your research.

Forbes Library has lots of art and music resources. Try searching the catalog or asking a librarian.

IMSLP Petrucci Music Library

IMSLP stands for International Music Score Library Project. The database contains over 100,000 scores of works in the public domain, as well as sound recordings. It requires creating a free user account.

Music Online

Music & Performing Arts from Alexander Street Press combines audio and video that spans all time periods, hundreds of thousands of seminal artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles to provide an unparalleled learning environment for the teaching of music. Collections include American Music, Classical Music, Jazz, World Music, Theatre, Dance and Opera in video, and classical music scores.

Provided by the Boston Public Library and available for free with a BPL eCard. Individuals who live in, own property in, or commute to work in Massachusetts may register for an eCard.

Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century

The online version of Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century from Salem Press contains biographical profiles of important figures in all genres of music.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Oxford Art Online

An award-winning resource on every aspect of the visual arts from prehistory to the present day

  • Over 45,000 articles on fine arts, decorative arts, and architecture
  • Scholarship written by over 6,000 international contributors
  • Over 130,000 art images, with links to hundreds of museums and galleries around the world
  • A wide range of search and browse options to explore the full text, bibliographies, biographies, and image links

Free with any C/W MARS library card, and provided by the C/W MARS library network.

Price It! Antiques & Collectibles

A searchable database of actual sales of antiques, collectibles and works of art based on retail, online auctions and select auction houses. In addition, Price It! contains a knowledge base of authoritative articles on a wide array of subjects including repair, restoration and conservation of antiques, hiring an appraiser and many specific areas of collecting.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.