The Performing Arts Library (PAL) offers resources for music and drama study, recreation and performance. It’s housed on the second floor of Yeovil Library.
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.
Any Somerset Libraries member can borrow single-copy printed music or drama scripts from the PAL service. Sets can be borrowed through a paid group subscription.
Opening hours and contact information
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 help you.
Performing Arts Library, King George Street, Yeovil, BA20 1PY
Phone 01935 472020
Using The Performing Arts Library
Specialist staff are normally available to assist you during normal PAL opening hours.
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 you to collect.
When the Performing Arts Library is not staffed, you can leave messages with staff on the ground floor or first floor enquiry desks. Requested music sets or playsets can be collected from the Performing Arts Library during its opening hours. Sets may also be collected in normal opening hours from any Somerset Library. Just tell the Performing Arts Library staff which library you would like to collect them from when you place your order. We will notify you when they’re ready for collection.
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 group, and whether the group is in Somerset.
The standard loan period for music and drama sets is 5 months. Shorter or longer periods can be agreed when you request them, up to a maximum of 9 months.
See the ‘Fees and charges’ page for more details of our request, overdue and replacement charges.
PAL has many years’ experience in 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
We can also access stock from other specialist libraries. Speak to staff if you would like to borrow music that isn’t in our current collection.
All our stock is catalogued on the LibrariesWest website. Browse by author, composer or type in keywords to refine your search.
We have access to Sibelius 7, market-leading software for writing, playing, printing and publishing music notation. It enables writers, composers and arrangers at all levels to produce pieces of music quickly and easily. Users can start a new piece of music from scratch, selecting the manuscript paper, instrumental parts, the key, time signatures and tempo markings. Sibelius is also an inspiring creative tool for teachers and students. The Sibelius software is available for use on a dedicated PC with a MIDI keyboard for inputting notation. Users will need to be able to read music and have basic computer skills.
Sibelius can be pre-booked through a member of the PAL staff and times agreed subject to availability.
Requests and renewals
Individual items may be requested and renewed online on the LibrariesWest website.
Music and drama sets must be requested and renewed directly with PAL.
Requests and renewals may be made by email or post direct to PAL, or in person and by phone during library opening hours.