The Library of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade was founded not long after the opening of the Musical Academy in 1937 and it belongs to the category of expert libraries of schools for the highest education. It is the member of the University Library Association in Serbia which embodies the University Library “Svetozar Marković”.
Although its reading sections and space in general are insufficient, the Library in its rich fund possesses the unique and rare literature, above all in the fields of music, but also in other art and scientific areas. The primary fund of the Faculty represents about 80 000 copies of note material (musicalia), then about 15 000 copies of monographic publications and about sixty titles of serial publications. The graduate, Masters and PHD thesis, which were defended at the Faculty, are also kept in it.
The phonon-library, as a part of the Library, consists of 9 000 records and 1150 CDs, audiocassettes, tapes and recently CD ROMs.
The valuable part of the fund consists of 1166 library units which are registered in the Archive of Serbia as the antique and rare books, notes and magazines, significant for the development of the musical culture in Serbia.
The Library also possesses numerous legacies, amongst which the legacy of Vladimir Djordjević is one of the richest and the most important ones. This Legacy mostly consists of works made by national composers, which are acknowledged as the antique and rare music publications.
In the Library of the Faculty of Musical Art the following catalogues are kept:
THE TOPOGRAPHIC CATALOGUE
THE BOOK CATALOGUE
The specialist catalogue
The subject catalogue
THE AUTHORIAL AND SPECIALIST CATALOGUE OF MUSICALIA
The authorial catalogue
The specialist catalogue
THE CATALOGUE OF PHONON MATERIAL
The authorial catalogue (separately, records, cassettes and CDs)
The catalogue of performers
THE CATALOGUE OF YUGOSLAV MUSIC
THE CATALOGUE OF THE LEGACY OF VLADIMIR DJORDJEVIC
THE CATALOGUE OF ALL AND COLLECTED WORKS
The process of automatisation and forming of electronic catalogue is in progress.
The users of the Library are above all professors and students at the Faculty, but also numerous institutions, culture figures, music authors, researchers… etc.
The Library is situated in five rooms in which are placed reading (which has 30 seats) and working sections. The Library has audio equipment and a computer for students is also situated in it.
There are six librarians and one technician, a recorder, employed in the Library.