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Navigation Eleanor Bonnar Music Library

Address: King George V Ave, Durban 4041


Contact Information: Telephone: +27-31-2603044 Fax: +27-31-2602051 Staff members


Facilties: Photocopiers; Audio booths


Location: Francis Stock Building near the Main Entrance Gate. Campus map
Library hours

The Music Library was established in 1972 and is named after the donor of the core collection.
The Eleanor Bonnar Music Library is one of the largest music libraries in Africa and one of the finest in the Southern Hemisphere. It is housed in the School of Music and serves the Music Programme in the Faculty of Human Sciences and the provincial orchestra.

The collection consists of over 35 000 items in many different formats - books, journals, scores (including a valuable collection of historical sets and complete editions), microfilms, tapes, LPs, compact discs, CD-ROMs, DVDs and video cassettes.

Of particular interest are five collections: 
·  a rare archival collection of black South African popular music
·   the Malcolm Hunter Collection of recordings of early jazz and swing from 1895-1980
·     the Wilf Lowe Collection which includes bebop and other post-World War 2 styles
·  a large ethnographic record collection
·   the Ronald Crichton / Juan Soriano Opera Collection housed in the Opera Studio and Academy in the Jubilee Hall

Special rules apply to music resources:
·   borrowing of books and bound journals is open to all members of the University
·   borrowing of scores is restricted to the staff and students of the School of Music only
·   certain scores, historical sets and complete editions are restricted and may only be borrowed by staff of the School of Music
·  records, tapes, CDs, videos and DVDs may only be borrowed by staff of the School of Music
·  use of records, tapes, CDs, videos and DVDs is restricted to staff and students of the School of Music only

July 2007