Art & Music

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. Visit the 5th floor of the Central Library to browse the library's most extensive collection of books on art, music, sports & recreation. You'll also find music recordings on CD and vinyl, scores, a listening station, art exhibits, and more.  

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.

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

 

The numbering system for CDs at BPL is designed for you to browse by music genre.
Click on "BPL's Music Collection" above to find out how to explore each musical genre online, or come browse your favorites today!

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!

Careers in the Arts

Art, Music, & Recreation Clip Files

Historic newspaper clippings and ephemera related to Berkeley artists, architects, athletes, cultural institutions, and more are available to browse in the Berkeley History Room by appointment. 

Download a list of the file headings for the A&M Clip Files to see what topics are available, and call 510.981.6148 or email to make an appointment.



 

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More than 670,000 tracks 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.

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.

instantflix

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 RBdigital, our digital magazine service.

InstantFlix is not available from Library Catalog Machines.

hoopla

hoopla

Enjoy thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to smartphones, tablets and computers. hoopla digital is offered at no cost to patrons via browser, Android and IOS.

To begin, you'll need a Berkeley Public Library card. Then go to hoopladigital.com and:

1. Follow their fast and easy sign-up process.

2. If you want hoopla on the go, you can install their free mobile app on your iOS or Android device.

That's it! No holds, no waiting! Once you sign in, you are set to begin borrowing. You can borrow up to 7 items per month. Borrowing times are 21 days for audiobook, eBook and comics, 7 days for music and 3 days for video.

Explore and register at hoopladigital.com. Questions? Check out hoopladigital.com/support

(This resource is not available on Library Catalog Machines. If using on Library internet machines, use Mozilla Firefox.)

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!