The Global Music Centre Library provides a service for students, professionals and amateurs working in the world-music field. There is a work station for the use of researchers and provision for listening to sound recordings.

The library resources of the Global Music Centre form an extensive ethnomusicological collection of music and literature from different countries around the world, plus a collection based on popular culture studies. Communications, different ways of producing music, culture politics, global education and multiculturalism are other key themes. The resources comprise over 10,000 items including books, sound recordings, sheet music and videos. The collections are catalogued in the Melinda and Viola databases maintained by the National Library of Finland. All the resources catalogued in the library and the archives are accessible via the Koha database.

Catalog search

Rest of the collection is accessible on the Centre’s premises. (tel. 09-6962790)

The Global Music Centre also subscribes to a wide selection of music journals which can be read on the Centre’s premises. Click here for a list of these journals.

Opening hours

(except for public holidays):
Mon 10-18
Tue 10-15
Wed 10-15
Thu 10-15
or by appointment


The Global Music Centre archives contain recordings produced on field trips, particularly among the Finno-Ugric peoples, and on trips to Africa and Latin America. Information about the archives is continually updated on the Dismarc database. The aim of Dismarc (Discovering Music archives) is to bring together the resources of European music archives in one database.

Special collections

  • Kola Sámi Musical Tradition, 1994-97. Ilpo Saastamoinen took part in the University of Tromsö project commissioned by the Inari Sámi Museum Foundation, in which a collection of 110 CDs was produced of recordings made amongst the Eastern Sámi. These included conversations and about 600 recordings of singing. Some of the material (leudds 1994) is also available in sheet-music form. The Global Music Centre holds copies of the CDs.
  • Finno-Ugric peoples: field recordings made in Mordva (1993), Udmurtia (1993) and Setumaa (1990).
  • MediAfrica: a project focussing on countries in southern Africa in the 1980s and 1990s, including Tanzania, Zanzibar, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Malawi and Botswana.
  • Music recorded by ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey, produced by Eric Gallo and released on 78 rpm shellac records (on the Gallotone, Trek and Topik labels) in the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. Click here for catalogue.
  • The Finland-Cuba Society’s collection of 300 LPs of Cuban music from the 1960s to the 1980s. The catalogued LPs can be found on the database using the search string ‘Kuuba-kokoelma’.
  • Cuba has been one of the Global Music Centre’s most important target countries ever since the Centre was founded. We have a good deal of material from the 1980s onwards.
  • The DDR/GDR collection. Literature and recordings on the history of German musical culture and song. Key artists include Kurt Weill, Ernst Busch, Hans Eisler and Berthold Brecht. The collection contains over 1,000 LPs of music produced in East Germany, from classical music to ‘70s and ‘80s popular culture. Festivals of political songs form one of the themes.
  • The Global Music Centre Library also contains an important collection of workers’ songs, peace songs and journeyman songs, plus broadside ballads and the songs of the new song movement.