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A Guide to Library Resources in the field of Music

Nkoda - Digital Scores App

Nkoda is a digital scores app that allows you to access the complete scores catalogues from over 125 major global music publishers. You can create playlists, select your chosen instrument(s), and mark up scores with symbols, text, or freehand drawing. You can find out more on the Nkoda website.

Downloading the app

You can browse Nkoda from the web app. However, to access scores, you will need to download a dedicated app, which is free of charge. The app is available for desktop and mobile devices from the download links below:

Download links for mobile devices

Download links for desktops and laptops

Logging in and out

  1. On the login screen, select the 'Institution' login option.

The 'Institution' login button from Nkoda.

  1. Following this, you will be prompted to ‘Sign in to nkoda.’ Enter 'City, University of London' into the search box, and select City from the list of options below.
  2. Log in with your City username and password. This step may be completed automatically by your device, or you may have to enter you details manually.
  3. You’ll then be asked to create your Nkoda account - you must use your University email address for this.
  4. Select 'Yes' when asked if you would like to 'Continue as a member of City, University of London.'
  5. You will now be logged in to Nkoda. When you log in to the app, you have 20 minutes of browsing time. You can extend this period to continue viewing scores by selecting the 'Extend session' option from the banner at the top of the screen.
    A banner from the Nkoda app advising that "You are signed in as a member of City, University of London. You can extend your session within the next 0hrs 20mins. Extend session | Log out."
  6. Once you have finished your session, please select 'Log out' at the top of the screen.

Using Nkoda

As stated in Nkoda's End User Agreement, you can use scores for practice and rehearsal purposes. For public performances, you will need to obtain performance rights in the usual way. Rights can be requested directly through the app. 

Getting help

For help using Nkoda, please contact your subject librarian.

Classical Scores Library - Online Database

Thousands of scores are available online via Classical Scores Library. The collections encompass all major classical musical genres and time periods from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. With full, study, piano, and vocal scores, this comprehensive collection will enhance the study of music history, performance, composition and theory for a variety of scholars.

Find Print Scores in the Library

To find scores in CityLibrary Search enter your search terms and narrow by format to 'Score'. You will find our print score collection at the back right hand side of Level 5 (Northampton Square Library).


City Library Search screen showing Content type submenu open and limited to Music Score.