Music and drama sets

We have a wide range of vocal scores, orchestral parts and drama sets you can borrow. All you have to do is register your society with us.

You can reserve a set up to 12 months before you need it. We can order from other libraries if we don't have what you need.

Order a music or drama set

If you have any questions email or call 03000 41 06 02.

To borrow music or drama sets you need to register your society with us.

Email with:

  • your society’s name
  • your contact details
  • proof of your society (for example a programme, letterhead, registered charity number or web address)
  • the name of the person we should contact (they must be over 18 and will be responsible for keeping items safe, returning them and paying any charges).

We will then send you a library membership card.

Order a set

You can:

  • order sets up to 12 months before you need them
  • keep them for up to 6 months
  • borrow up to 12 sets at a time.

Order a music or drama set

We can order sets from other counties if:

  • you cannot find what you are looking for
  • a set is on loan
  • you need more copies than we have
  • your society is based in Kent.

If we have to get it from another library you can order it up to 6 months before you need it. It costs £7.00 if we order from another county (non-refundable).

Please allow up to 30 working days for us to process your order.

Orchestral sets

Download a list of orchestral sets (PDF, 354.8 KB)

Covers most of the standard classical repertoire. It includes orchestral parts to many of the vocal sets we hold as well as arrangements suitable for schools.

Sets normally contain a full score, if available, multiple string parts plus one copy of every other part.

Vocal sets

Download a list of vocal scores (PDF, 937.9 KB)

Includes smaller scale part songs and anthems as well as large scale choral works including light opera and musicals. There are normally between 35 and 40 copies in a set.

We don’t stock sets of grand opera scores.

Drama sets

Download a list of drama sets (PDF, 767.1 KB)

To search the list, press ‘Ctrl’ and ‘F’ together, type in the name you are looking for and scroll through the search results.

Play sets will normally consist of 1 copy for each character plus 1 copy for the director, although there are some exceptions.

Collecting the set

You can collect your set from any Kent library. Choose which library you want to collect from when you order.

If you want us to post it you will have to pay any postage costs.

When you receive the set

Check the set to make sure you have all the parts.

If the set is not as expected you must contact us within 48 hours or you may be charged for any missing parts. Email or call 03000 41 06 02.

Returning the set

Return sets to any Kent library or by post by the due date.

We charge for late, damaged, or incomplete sets.

You have to pay before we will send the sets for collection. We will invoice you with details of how to pay.

General hire costs (from 1 June 2021)

  • Reservation fee (per set) £6
  • Postal charges (out of Kent) £18

Drama set costs

There are currently no costs for drama sets.

Music set costs

Large sets

Vocal sets (3 months loan)Kent music societiesOut of Kent music societies
1-20 copies£12.50£25
21-40 copies£25£50
41-60 copies£38£76
61-80 copies£50£100
81-100 copies£62£124
101+ copies£76£152

Orchestral sets (3 months loan)Kent music societiesOut of Kent music societies
Full set£23£46

Small sets (less than 5 minutes long)

Small Band B sets are charged at half the price of standard sets.

Other charges

Late return of sets

If you return the set after the due date we will charge you a rental charge covering the overdue period.

Missing parts and damaged sets

We will let you know within 5 days if there are parts missing and will give you 28 days to replace or return the parts. If you don’t send the missing parts within 28 days you will have to pay the replacement costs and a £10 admin fee per set.

Kent Performance sets
Replacement cost for lost and damaged itemsFull replacement cost applied to lost and damaged items
Marked copies£10 (per set)

Interlibrary Loan performance sets
Replacement costs for lost and damagedFull replacement cost applied to lost and damaged items
Plus - any additional fee determined by lending libraryVariable
Plus - administration fee (per set)£10

You can renew a set as long as no one else has reserved it. You need to pay the new loan charge within 7 days.

To renew a set contact with

  • library card number (D0…)
  • barcode number (C15…)
  • composer
  • title.