American Music

Stream music from America's past. Hear songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and anti-war protests.

Classical Music Library

An extensive multi-label database of Classical music recordings. Encompasses music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present, including many contemporary composers. Repertoire ranges from vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.

Contemporary World Music

Delivers sounds from regions on every continent. This database contains traditional, classical, and contemporary music genres from cultures around the world.


Search articles, essays, and primary source documents on arts, music, and a variety of school subjects.

Freegal Music

A downloadable music service which provides access to a collection of 13 million classic and contemporary hits that includes Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, songs from 40,000 music labels originating in 100+ countries, and 15,000 music videos (MP4s). Download up to 5 songs or 2 music videos per week – yours to keep permanently (DRM free). Freegal works with any MP3 device, including iPods.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Full-text reference ebooks on music, dance, the theatre, and art. The Gale Virtual Reference Library contains multidisciplinary reference publications, including subject encyclopedias, almanacs, and other topical sources including primary sources.

Jazz Music Library

A useful resource for music history, jazz appreciation, jazz history, music performance, and African American studies.


Enjoy on-demand streaming of 30,000+ movies. Watch national and international films, including indie and classic films, award-winning documentaries, film festival favorites, rare and hard-to-find titles, and world cinema.

Stream over 100 live and broadcasts a year plus thousands of recordings featuring international concerts, operas, ballets, documentaries, master classes, educational films, and artist profiles. Includes performance synopses, cast information, and composer details. New videos are continually added to the website.

Oxford Music Online

A gateway offering access to and cross-search of multiple music reference resources in one location. Contains the Grove Music Online, as well as The Oxford Dictionary of Music and The Oxford Companion to Music.

Note: Through a partnership with Sibelius notation software, over 500 of Grove's musical examples are now available in sound as well as annotated examples. To listen, a small software plug-in called Scorch is required.

Popular Music Library

Contains a wide range of popular music from around the world, with tracks from many major genres in music. Search, stream, cite, and share thousands of songs.

Smithsonian Global Sound

Offers a comprehensive streaming audio collection of world music from the Smithsonian archives and world music archives in Asia and Africa. This collection has been produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.