The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre library was founded in 1935. It is the largest research library for classical music in Estonia, and a major part of the collections are unique in Estonia.
Library acquisitions include music and theatre books, materials on educational sciences (especially music education) and cultural management specialties, scores, sound and video recordings and electronic databases. The library archive contains manuscripts of works and treatises by outstanding Estonian composers, unique audio recordings and printed editions (e.g. editions by Peeter Jürgenson, an Estonian origin music publisher), rare scores and books. The main share of the theatre literature, feature films and video recordings of stage performances are located at the library branch located at the EAMT Theatre Department. Almost the entire library collection is housed on open shelves, and the audiovisual equipment is accessible to all.
The library is open to its approximately 3,000 users six days a week – a total of 54 hours a week. EAMT library collection has been entered into e-catalogue ESTER.
During the years the library collection is complemented by many donors: Naan Põld, Hugo Lepnurm, Leo Normet, Lilian Semper, Toomas Paul, Anna Klas, Bruno Lukk, Eri Klas, Andrei Volkonski, Veljo Tormis, Arne Mikk, Anti Marguste, Heljo Sepp, Wolfgang Wagner, Joachim Herz, Tõnis Rüütel, etc.
As of 1st January 2023, the EAMT library has 195 780 items:
45 022 books
114 261 scores
3195 theses and researches
28 172 audio recordings (including 17 558 CDs)
3567 video recordings (including 2824 DVDs)
118 periodical titles
List of subscribed periodicals
Selection of full-text music periodicals