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Music in Australia

This guide will point you to resources in Australian music at the University of Melbourne Library and beyond.

Sound Recordings

There are various ways to find sound recordings such as CDs, LPs and online in the Library Catalogue. The most effective are: 

Keyword search 

  1. specify distinctive words or phrases eg Silverchair
  2. Modify or Limit Search to SOUND RECORD

Author Search - Composer 

  1. specify the author/composer/creator/ name eg Sutherland, Margaret - complete this search first. 
  2. then limit the search to SOUND RECORD

Author Search - Performer

  1. specify the performer(s) name(s) eg Australian String Quartet - complete this search first.
  2. then limit the search to SOUND RECORD

Limit search to a specific library

You can further limit this search to LOCATION e.g. Hanson-Dyer Music Library or Lenton Parr Library or ERC

Can't find it on the Library Catalogue?

The Sound Recordings Database is an index to CDs and vinyl recordings held in the Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library

You can search for a recording by a combination of Composer name, Title, Soloist or

LHDML Sound Recordings Database

Results list will display all formats, CDs, vinyl discs = B prefix, audio cassetts = CC prefix and tapes.


For Aboriginal Music, use the Genre search e.g.

Sound Recording Database genre search

Online Audio Databases

You may borrow most CDs for 7 days. Check the Library catalogue to be confirm.

You may borrow up to 5 CDs at a time from the Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library, and up to 2 at a time from the Lenton Parr Library. There are no limits as to how many CDs may be borrowed from the ERC Media Collection.

The Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library and the Lenton Parr Library have a number of listening stations. You will need to borrow headphones at the loans desk from the Lenton Parr Library. Headphones are fitted in the carrels at the Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library.

CDs can be played on all DVD players in the ERC.