Whether you're a music student or just a music lover, the Library has rich resources for your research and learning needs. Use these listening guides, review and reference sources to discover on your own.

See also: Online Music

Library Databases

Classical Music Library

Listen online to over 325,000 tracks of classical music. Coverage includes 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. You can even create your own playlist.

Freegal Music

Popular and classical music from Sony Music Canada labels you can play on any MP3 player. Download up to 3 free tracks each week (your limit resets at midnight Sunday and you can keep track of your downloads at the top of the site).  Downloaded music can be loaded into iTunes, on PCs or Macs. Check out our Youtube video.

Naxos Music Library

Listen online to over one million tracks of various music genres: classical, blues, jazz, folk and world music. Not compatibile with mobile devices.

Naxos Music Library – Jazz

All jazz, all the time. Listen online to an entire album or search for your favourite song or performer. Not compatibile with mobile devices.

On the Shelf

Music -- History and Criticism

History of music from Baroque to Jazz.

Music Appreciation

Improve your music listening skills.

Sound recordings -- Reviews

Guides to the best recorded music.

On the Web


Claims to be "the most comprehensive music reference source on the planet." Covers virtually every musical genre, with discographies, biographies, articles, criticism and more.

CBC Music

Canada's online music service, offering 40 channels of streaming radio across many genres, plus videos, songs, concerts, artists profiles and playlists.


Gnod is a search engine for music you don't know about. It will ask you what music you like and then suggest what you might like. It contains thousands of bands.

With this "music discovery service", type in an artist you like and get pointed to other you might enjoy!


Musicovery provides an online music discovery and listening experience. Create a playlist based on your mood, a genre or an artist.


News, reviews, and interviews – with a focus on new independent music.