Bjergsted: The special library for the faculty of performing arts

The library for performing arts covers the subject areas of music and dance. The library is located in Bjergsted and is part of the faculty of performing arts. The library has a large music collection of LPs and CDs, with a focus on jazz, classical, and folk music. You will also have access to more than 18 000 pieces of sheet music for various instruments and ensembles. In the library you can find listening and video rooms, reading spaces, and areas for working together.

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About the library
Staffing hours:

Mon–Thur: 9am–4pm Friday: 9am–3pm Open to students and staff with a keycard from Bjergsted from 7am–11 pm everyday.

Visit and contact:

Bjergstedparken, Bjergsted 1 Faculty of performing arts Phone: 51 83 40 10

Postal adress:

The University Library of Stavanger Bjergsted, P.O.Box 8600 Forus 4036 Stavanger

Anne-Grethe Engebretsen

Contact librarian for dance Phone: 51 83 40 39

Rasmus S. Husebø

Contact librarian for music Phone: 51 83 16 13

Anne Brit Løland

Senior librarian Phone: 51 83 11 37

The library has a large music collection of LPs and CDs, with a focus on jazz, classical, and folk music.
In the library you can find listening and video rooms, reading spaces, and areas for working together.

Current books

Streaming databases and sheet music

The library has access to a number of streaming databases and more than 20,000 pieces of sheet music.

Feel free to use our listening and video rooms for music streaming. Remember to connect with library remote access if you are not on campus.

Search Oria for an overview of our sheet music. You can search by composer, title or genre - or a combination of these. In the library you will find the music organized in boxes on the shelf where each instrument or ensemble has its own number. Get in touch at the counter or by e-mail if you cannot find what you are looking for. 

You are welcome to suggest new acquisitions.

Streaming databases:

Kanopy: filmstreaming

Access award-winning movies and documentaries with UiS-Feide

Qwest TV

Concerts and documentaries about jazz, soul, funk, classical and global music

Naxos Music Library

The largest streaming service for classical music in the world

Naxos Music Library: Jazz

Over 16 00 albums from more than 450 record companies

Music Online: Classical Music Library

Almost 80 000 albums and 1.2 million tracks

Classical Music in Video

The largest, most diverse, catalogue of classical music in the world

Opera in Video

Opera performances, with accompanying interviews, and documentaries

Dance in Video

Dance productions and documentaries starring the best dancers in the world

Sheet music online:

Music Online: Classical Scores Library

The most extensive collection of sheet music for libraries available for download

International Music Score Library Project

More than 70 000 sheet music available for download

Sheet Music Consotrium

Open collection of digital sheet music and links to other digital music archives

CDPL: Free Choral Music

A catalogue of available compositions for choirs from all style areas

NB noter

The National library of Norway’s collection of digital sheet music

Carl Nielsen Edition

Download and read about works from the library’s publishing projects

Levende Musikkarv

Access the hidden, Swedish musical treausure

Online Sheet music

See and overview in Wikipedia

Useful resources for performing arts

The library gives you access to many journals and databases, as well as other online resources that are particularly relevant for music and dance.

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  • British Library Sound Archive Catalogue of recordings in one of the largest sound collections in the world.
  • Norsk lydinstitutt Search the Norwegian sound institutes database, one of the worlds largest collection of recorded classical music.

In Oria you can find an overview over relevant databases for music and dance.

Some of the databases are open access, but for most of them you’ll need UiS sign in. Use remote access if you are off campus.

Other reccomended databases:

  • Academic Search Premier: Fulltext database with articles from most fields of study.
  • Google Scholar: Search for articles, books, reports, thesis, conference papers and more.
  • JSTOR: Full text database in social science, economy, and humanities.
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature: A comprehensive bibliography on writings about music featuring citations, abstracts, and indexes. It covers over one million publications from the early 19th century to the present on traditional music, popular music, classical music, and related subjects, enhanced with the full text of more than 200 periodicals
  • African American Music Reference: Extensive reference database of blues, jazz, gospel, and other Afro-American music.
  • Classical Music Reference Library: Contains more than 40 000 references. Covers all of the western, classical history. Includes Baker’s Dictionary of Music, Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians og Baker’s Student Encyclopedia of Music.
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: Digital edition of the famous reference work about world music, first published in 1997.
  • International Encyclopedia of Dance: Articles written by professionals from 50 countries. Covers dance, culture, music, and costumes, and contains biographies from many dancers and choreographers.
  • Jazzbasen Historical knowledge database about jazz in Norway. Contains discographical information about Norwegian jazz productions from 1905 until today.
  • Oxford Dictionary of Dance: Information about dances, choreographers, composers, and important works in dance.
  • Oxford History of Western Music: Digital edition of Richard Taruskins famous work about western classical music.
  • Oxford Music Online: Contains Grove Music Online, with The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Opera, and Jazz. Also contains Oxford Dictionary of Music og Oxford Companion to Music.

We have many journals in the library, and you can access our digital journals with remote access. In Oria you can search for journals both by title and ISSN.

With Browzine you can easily get an overview of the journals you need, and create your own, virtual bookshelf with the journals you want to read and keep track of.

Recommended journals for performing arts:

You can find printed newspapers in the library, mostly in Norwegian.

Lending regulations

Check our lending regulations for all you need to know about requesting literature, loans, returning books, and late fees.

Borrow a librarian

Master or PhD student or a researcher at UiS? Borrow a librarian for guidance and help with a literature search.

Not on campus?

With remote access you can access our electronic resources whether you are on campus or working remotely.

Book suggestions?

Suggest literature or subscriptions that the library should have in our collection, and we will consider buying it.

Writing assignments and thesis

Academic writing

How to write in academia and classes to help with the writing process

Citations and sources

How and why do I cite?

The Study Lab

Get guidance in academic writing from student mentors

The Citation Compass

Help with reference management and an example overview on how to cite different sources

News from the Faculty of Performing Arts

Winners of the Chamber Music Competition 2023

Two ensembles won the 25 000 NOK from Skjeies chambermusic scholarship.

Priscila got to work with high-level musicians and performers

Music production and recording was an opportunity to increase their experiences in the field

Chamber music competition 2023

All students in classical music are hereby invited to participate in the Faculty of Performing Arts annual chamber music...

Corona-information for students at campus Bjergsted

Clarification for employees and students at the Faculty of Performing Arts

ConductIT - Virtual conference 2020

5th of November 2020 at 2 p.m.