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 drama school. 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 2021, the EAMT library has 196 213 items:
43 834 books
116 241 scores
3098 theses and researches
27 971 audio recordings (including 16 466 CDs)
3577 video recordings (including 2806 DVDs)
118 periodical titles