As part of the national library of Denmark, a major responsibility of the Music and Theatre Department is to collect and preserve the most complete collection of Danish music, including Danish music editions, manuscript music by Danish composers and music which is related to Denmark, one way or the other. This obligation necessitates restrictions on the lending and handling of the material, which are more strict than at other Danish libraries.
In addition to Danish music, the Music and Theatre Department holds the national collection of foreign music, to be used for study, research and performance.
- Main Collection of Printed Music
- Collection of light music, formerly excluded from the main collection
- Orchestral Collection
- Collection of Musical Manuscripts
- Digitized scores and sheet music
- Music in other Departments
- Size of the collections
Extensive special collections
Printed music for one part without figurations and a portion of the early printed music are found in the Danish Collections.
In the The Manuscript Department a number of early music manuscripts supplemented by a few music manuscripts from the 19th and 20th centuries are found.
- 287.271 pieces of printed music
- 27.584 music manuscripts
- 5.026 pieces of digital music
- 2.433 microforms (microfilms)
- 63.051 sound recordings
- 30.743 drama texts in manuscript
- 17.329 printed drama texts