About the OML

The Open Music Library is an initiative from Alexander Street to build the world’s
largest free index of digital resources for the study of music.

Curated by a community of music scholars, students, teachers and librarians, the Open Music Library
brings together peer-reviewed journal articles, books and music scores from the world’s digital collections.

Leveraging shared ontologies, linked open data and principles of the semantic web, the Open Music Library
integrates disparate digital collections and establishes meaningful links between the items they hold.

By aggregating, enriching and integrating valuable primary and secondary sources, the Open Music Library
aims to not only advance the state of the art in music knowledge discovery, but also increase opportunities
for creative reuse, and promote new possibilities for research and collaboration.

Presentation at UKSG (2016)

André Avorio, director of the Open Music Library, spoke at the UKSG Conference in April 2016.

OML in the Press

Open Music Library Combines Free and Subscription Databases

"Academic database and streaming media publisher Alexander Street is beta testing the Open Music Library (OML), a new online resource that will eschew database paywalls, enabling non-subscribers to discover and use high-quality open access and public domain content from contributors such as the Library of Congress (LC) and the British Library (BL), while offering subscribers a seamless experience discovering and using free and for-fee content together."

Alexander Street Strikes a Chord With Open Music Library

"While open and collaborative practices of learning and increased accessibility are generally positive for music researchers and students, discoverability remains a challenge to the academic community. Moreover, for libraries and cultural heritage organizations, the mission of disseminating knowledge is only half complete if their content is not easily found and used."