Arts and music resources

Being a member of the library gives you access to more than 50 online subscriptions free of charge. When you follow the links below you will be asked for your library card number. For licensing reasons, some of our resources are not available remotely and can only be accessed on computers in particular libraries, therefore no link is given. Ask your local library for more details.

Artemis Literary Sources

Cross-search the following resources:

  • The dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online
  • Literature Criticism Online
  • Literature Resource Center - LRC
  • LitFinder
  • Something About the Author Online
  • Twayne's authors
  • Scribner's writers

Visit the Artemis Literary Sources website.

Cambridge Histories Online

Containing over 300 volumes published since 1960, this covers over 15 different academic subjects including literature and performing arts, providing a diverse, up to date and authoritative collection that is a must for anyone researching or studying a subject that has an historical element.

Remote access requires a login and password. Ask at your local library on your next visit or call Ask a Kent Librarian on 03000 41 64 38 and give your library card number.

Visit the Cambridge Histories Online website.

Naxos Music Library

Listen to more than 1.5 million tracks. Select by genre - classical, jazz, blues, world music, pop/rock - or composer. Support materials for GCSE or A-level courses are in the Study area. Also includes some spoken word under the genre tab. Remember to log-out after each session.

Naxos Music Library mobile app is available for download to Android and iOS devices. Log in with your Kent library card number and follow the instructions under the Mobile App tab.

Visit the Naxos Music Library website.

Naxos Music Library - jazz

Listen to almost 40,000 jazz tracks (7,000 discs) covering both jazz legends and contemporary jazz - search by genre or label, or by artist via the Advanced Search. Remember to log out after each session.

Visit the jazz section of the Naxos Music Library website.

Oxford Art Online

Comprises the full text of the 'Dictionary of Art' and the 'Oxford Companion to Western Art' and now Benezit Online. Includes over 45,000 signed articles, 2,500 illustrations, 40,000+ images linked from other art sites, and 21,000+ biographies.

Visit the Oxford Art Online website.

Oxford Music Online

Contains the full text of the 'New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians' (2nd edition), the 'New Grove Dictionary of Opera' and the 'New Grove Dictionary of Jazz' (2nd edition); over 45,000 specially-commissioned articles, 20,000+ biographies and 3-D interactive images of musical instruments.

Visit the Oxford Music Online website.


BFI Screenonline is the "definitive guide to Britain's film and TV history". You can view and download extracts (for private or educational use).

Visit the Screenonline website.

Other useful websites

Boosey & Hawkes Online Scores

This online catalogue offers free viewing of over 400 contemporary orchestral, opera, and large ensemble scores by modern composers such as Bartók, Bernstein, Britten, Copland Stravinsky Kael Jenkins and Steve Reich. All that is required to view scores online is the complete the free online registration form.

Visit the Boosey & Hawkes Online Scores website.

British Cartoon Archive

A unique online database containing details of the main cartoon collections held in the archive, located at the University of Kent in Canterbury. Cartoons can be found by cartoonist, publication, date, name or subject. The computer displays the cartoon's image and the cataloguing details.

Visit the British Cartoon Archive website.

Dickens Journals Online

An open access online resource which launched in 2012 as part of the Dickens Bicentenary celebrations. Offers digitised and indexed content to many of the journals Dickens edited or published.

Visit the Dickens Journals Online website.


Europeana is about ideas and inspiration. It links you to 6 million digital items: images - paintings, drawings, maps, photos and pictures of museum objects; texts - books, newspapers, letters, diaries and archival papers; sounds - music and spoken word from cylinders, tapes, discs and radio broadcasts; videos - films, newsreels and TV broadcasts.

Some of these are world famous, others are hidden treasures from Europe's museums and galleries, archives, libraries and audio-visual collections.

Visit the Europeana website.

VADS (Visual Arts Data Service)

VADS is the online resource for visual arts. It has provided services to the academic community for 12 years and has built up a considerable portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK.

Visit the VADS website.