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, Naxos Jazz, and Naxos World 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!

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!

We have many print resources for working artists, musicians, and actors.


Online resources

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.


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.

NOTE: Music Online from Alexander Street Press is not available through our OPAC terminals. Check out a Chromebook at any branch to use this resource.

Streaming access to 2.2 million tracks of classical music, Jazz, Access to a large 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.

Naxos Jazz Music Library here and Naxos World Music Library here.

(NOTE: BPL does not have an access code for the NAXOS app.)

NOTE: Naxos is not available through our OPAC terminals. Check out a Chromebook at any branch to use this resource.

Browse this catalogue of high-quality sheet music editions available for download and print and MIDI.

The Naxos Sheet Music catalogues span a wide range of composers from the 19th and 20th centuries and present a unique collection of classical music to enjoy and perform.


Enjoy thousands of titles –books, music, audiobooks, and films - available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to tablets, computers and Android and IOS smartphones.

To begin, go to and:

1. Follow the fast and easy sign-up process using your library card.

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

That's it! No holds, no waiting! You can borrow up to 10 items per month. Borrowing times are 21 days for audiobook, eBook and comics, 7 days for music, and 3 days for videos.

Questions? Check out

NOTE: Hoopla is not available through our OPAC terminals. Check out a Chromebook at any branch to use this resource.

Berkeley resident cardholders that are 14 years of age and older can spend the day gliding through an art museum, learning more about science, observing animals or playing pinball on a vintage pinball machine!