Somerset County Council

Performing Arts Library



The Performing Arts Library (PAL) is on the second floor of Yeovil Library and offers resources to support music and drama study, recreation and performance.

The library provides a music and drama service which includes loan copies of music scores, sets of performance material, play sets, single copies, and books, as well as an advice and reference service. It also provides access to Sibelius 7 software. The PAL service can be used by anyone who requires single-copy printed music or drama scripts.

Performing Arts Library opening hours 
Monday, Wednesday and Friday -  9.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5pm
Tuesday - 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 6pm
Thursday - 9.30am to 1pm
Saturday - 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm

During these hours, specialist staff with extensive knowledge of music and drama will be on hand to assist you. 

Please note that requested music sets or playsets must be collected from the Performing Arts Library within these hours. Or, sets may be collected in normal opening hours from any Somerset Library; please notify Performing Arts Library staff when ordering.

When specialist staff are not available, the Performing Arts Library will remain open with the same opening hours as Yeovil Library. Customers will be able to browse the open shelves, and borrow books and single copies of music scores. These must be issued by staff on one of the ground floor enquiry points. 

Please contact the Performing Arts Library in advance to borrow a single copy of a play during unstaffed hours. A copy will be put aside for collection.

During periods when the Performing Arts Library is not staffed, messages can be left with staff on the ground floor or first floor enquiry desks. 

Music and drama sets
The Performing Arts Library operates a subscription service for the provision of sets of choral music, orchestral scores and drama play sets. Subscription rates depend on the size of the choir / orchestra / play reading group, and also whether the group is in Somerset. 

Request charges apply, with a discount for Somerset groups, keeping charges frozen at the 2014/2015 level. For more information, please see the Terms and Conditions and the Charges sheet.

The standard loan period for music and drama sets is 5 months. Shorter or longer periods can be agreed at the time of requesting, up to a maximum of 9 months.

Charges for overdue items apply.

PAL is an award winning service, and one of the biggest Performing Arts libraries in the region. It has many years’ experience in acquiring and supplying sets of music for the needs of Somerset groups and those in neighbouring counties. It holds considerable stock of its own, including

  • 2,198 drama sets
  • 40,968 single drama scripts
  • 4,594 music sets
  • 40,333 music scores 

Sibelius 7
Additional resources include Sibelius 7, a market-leader for writing, playing, printing and publishing music notation, enabling writers, composers and arrangers at all levels to produce finished pieces of music quickly and easily. A new piece of music can be started from scratch, beginning with selecting the manuscript paper, followed by choosing the instrumental parts, the key, time signatures and tempo markings. Teachers and learners will also find Sibelius an inspiring creative tool. A MIDI keyboard is available for inputting. Sibelius is available for use on a dedicated PC

Users of Sibelius need:  

  • To be able to read music
  • Keyboard/mouse skills
  • Windows navigation skills using standard word-processing style tools, for example, menus, drop-down boxes, tick boxes 

Sibelius can be pre-booked through a member of the PAL staff and times agreed subject to availability.

Renewals - Renewing individual items borrowed from PAL

  • Requests to renew may be made in person, by email or mail direct to PAL. 
  • Items may also be renewed by phone during library opening hours on 01935 472020. 
  • Items may also be renewed online on the LibrariesWest website. 

Please note that music and drama sets cannot be renewed online. 

To renew other items online:

This provides access to a list of your loans and the option to renew items.

Contact us: 
Performing Arts Library, King George Street, Yeovil, BA20 1PY
Phone: 01935 472020

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