Arts

Young Ballerinas Perform Swan Lake 1955
Young Ballerinas Perform Swan Lake 1955

Explore the Arts with our extensive art and music collections, as well as databases and services that you can access for free with your library card online.

Discover & Go allows Berkeley Public Library card holders to reserve and print free tickets to an amazing variety of museums and venues throughout the bay area that the whole family will enjoy.

Music Online, Naxos Classical and Naxos Jazz provide online streaming music, with the option for users to create their own playlists.

Zinio offers gorgeous downloadable magazines for you to read wherever you are.

 

Song Index

Our Song Index  is a collection of over 270 books of sheet music indexed by song title.

It allows title searches to find lyrics and music to many popular, folk, jazz, Broadway, and religious songs.

Find songbooks, lyrics, sheet music, and scores in our collection.  Don't forget to access our online streaming music services!

Special Collections in Art & Music

Art, Music, & Recreation Clip Files
Historic newspaper clippings and ephemera related to Berkeley artists, architects, athletes, cultural institutions, and more. Download a list of the file headings for the A&M Clip Files.


Slide Collection
Art & Music has the only publicly-accessible circulating slide collection in the Bay Area, containing 25,000 images from early cave painting to contemporary installation art.
 

The numbering system for CDs at BPL is designed for you to browse by music genre.
Click on the box title for a list of music genres and come browse your favorites today!
Berkeley, October 15—In conjunction with Native American Heritage Month in November, Canadian photographer and multimedia artist Erika Gagnon presents her exhibition Digital Spirits at the Central Library from September 29 – December 7, 2014. Her work is in the Catalog Lobby on the first floor of the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge Street. She will give an Artist Talk on Sunday, November 9 at 2... Read More
The PBS Video Collection

The PBS Video Collection assembles hundreds of the greatest documentary films and series from the history of PBS into one convenient online interface.  Our streaming collection includes:  

  • America in Profile
  • American Experience
  • Frontline
  • God in America
  • Great Performances
  • History Detectives
  • NOVA
  • Odyssey
  • The films of Ken Burns and more.  


Enjoy!

Naxos Music Library

You have access to the world´s largest online classical music library! Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 100,000 CDs with more than 1,500,000 tracks of both standard and rare repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month.

Find the awesome Naxos Jazz Music Library here and recently added Naxos World Music Library here.

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Stream independent films, documentaries and shorts for free with your library card. Unlimited access to film festival favorites from internet-enabled devices including Roku and XBox.

Berkeley Public Library card holders will create a login and password using your email.  This same login and password provides access to Zinio, our digital magazine service.

InstantFlix is not available from Library Catalog Machines.

Mango Languages: Start a Conversation

Learn conversational skills for 34 different languages and 15 different ESL courses.

Real-life situations and actual conversations help you to learn new languages.

Free registration for Mango account is required and will allow you to keep track of your progress.

Mango is not available from Library Catalog Machines.  

 

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More than 7 millions songs from all genres of music are available to stream! 

Music Online is divided into 5 collections for easier browsing: 
American Song
Classical Music Library
Contemporary World Music
Jazz Music Library, and 
Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries.