Our space for knowledge and learning

In addition to its main function as an academic music library for teaching and studying at Stella Vorarlberg, our library also serves as a regional and supra-regional source of literature and information. The library of the Stella Vorarlberg Private University College for Music is open to the public.


Information, lending, media renewal

Summer opening hours until September 30, 2024

July 1 to 11
September 11 to 30

Monday to Thursday
10.00 to 12.00 and
13.00 to 16.00

Opening hours during the study period

Monday 10.00 to 16.00
Tuesday 10.00 to 16.00
Wednesday 10.00 to 18.00
Thursday 10.00 to 16.00
Friday 10.00 to 15.00

Opening hours during the lecture-free period

Monday to Thursday
10.00 to 12.00 and
13.00 to 16.00

The library is not open on public holidays or during school vacations.

+43 5522 71110 21

Reichenfeldgasse 9
6800 Feldkirch

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Library use & service

The Stella Vorarlberg library is open to the public.

The use of the media stock within the library premises is free. The library regulations and the instructions for use provide information on the conditions for using the library services, e.g. for borrowing media.

Please contact the library team at any time if you have any questions, concerns, or requests.

We are happy to help in all areas of literature research. We will do our best to support you and point you in the right direction.

Library Team Leader
Gerhard Fend
+43 5522 71110 24

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Britta Wagener-Kuhn, M.Sc. MAS SHE BA
+43 5522 71110 21

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The library’s collection currently comprises around 47,000 pieces of sheet music, 9,000 specialist books, 8,200 CDs and DVDs, and 38 current periodicals. It is presented in open stacks. In addition to the physical collections, several music-specific databases are also available at the Stella Campus. The library offers reading and listening nooks as well as several computer workstations.

In addition to its own holdings, the library houses the sheet music archive of the former Vorarlberg Radio Orchestra, a large part of the sheet music of the Vorarlberg Choir Association, and the music holdings of the church music department of the Feldkirch diocese.

Focal Points & Projects

In February 2012, an important collection for the Alemannic region was added to the holdings of the Stella Vorarlberg Library. The couple Dr. Hans and Drin. Gerlinde Haid have donated their extensive collection on the subject of the “songwriter movement” to the Stella Vorarlberg. The folk music researcher Gerlinde Haid and the folklorist, cultural activist, and author Hans Haid were interested observers and protagonists of the folk movement, which also flourished in the Alemannic-speaking countries. Haid’s private collection includes sources and documents of the time that are now out of print: records with political and resistant songs and chansons by songwriters from Switzerland, Germany, Vorarlberg, and Alsace; there are also numerous books, magazines, and various contemporary sources.

The 2008 academic year was dedicated to the topic of women in art in general and in music in particular. The Women & Music theme week in March 2008 was the highlight of the theme year of the same name, which brought together a wide variety of events such as lectures, concerts, and workshops.
This theme year was also the initial spark for an important focus in the expansion of the Stella Vorarlberg library’s collection. Drin. Eva Rieger – musicologist, author, and feminist – who was a guest at the library during the theme week in March as part of a discussion forum, provided the library with generous financial support from the Mariann Steegmann Foundation, which she represents. This enabled the library to make a concentrated purchase of literature, recordings, and sheet music on the aforementioned topics. In 2008, around 600 titles were acquired, which are available to anyone interested in music. Thankfully, the foundation has also subsequently approved funds for the library so that the information and media focus on women and music can be continuously expanded.

At the beginning of 2010, after intensive preliminary planning and a lengthy cataloging phase, a substantial part of the sheet music holdings of the Vorarlberg Choral Association (CVV) were integrated into the Stella Vorarlberg Library’s inventory catalog. Herbert Schwendinger is the choir association’s project partner. Around 4200 titles from the CVV collection are currently available. These can be searched on site at the computer terminal but also in the online catalog. The sheet music itself is also available in the Stella Vorarlberg library with its own location.

The diocese of Feldkirch has made its sheet music holdings available to the Stella Vorarlberg library on permanent loan. In addition to the predominantly secular repertoire of the choir association, the holdings of the church music department with numerous sacred vocal compositions form the counterbalance in terms of content. Together with Stella Vorarlberg’s own collection, a rich treasure trove of choral music is available to all interested parties. In addition to vocal music, organ compositions can also be found in the Church Music Department.

The orchestral material from the archive of the Vorarlberg Funk Orchestra is presented in the Stella Vorarlberg Library. In addition to standard works of the classical orchestral repertoire, many works of popular music can also be found here.
The digitized catalog cards of the funk orchestra holdings can also be viewed here in the following three lists (pdf) – arranged alphabetically by composer.

EBSCOhost Research Databases (RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text, eBook Collection)
Video Tutorial RILM (EBSCOhost)
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text is a comprehensive bibliography of writings on music with citations, abstracts, and indexes. It includes over one million publications from the early 19th century to the present on traditional music, popular music, classical music, and related topics, supplemented by the full text of more than 200 journals.
Available on the Stella Vorarlberg campus network.

IDNV – International database for sheet music and publishing articles
Please contact the library team.

JSTOR Music Collection
Full texts of electronic and digitized journals, recorded from their first volume to – depending on the title – 2-5 years before the current volume.
Available on the Stella Vorarlberg campus network.

MGG Online
Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, MGG for short, is THE German-language encyclopedia of music. MGG Online comprises the second print edition of the MGG (MGG2, published from 1994 to 2008), the content of which is continuously updated, expanded, and made accessible as an online database.
Available on the Stella Vorarlberg campus network.

Musica International
International choral music database.
Please contact the library team.

Naxos Music Library
The world’s largest online streaming portal for classical music
Access to currently (as of March 2023) over 175,000 albums with around 2.74 million tracks from the genres of classical, jazz, world music, folk, rock, pop, and Chinese music as well as text material (mainly in English) with biographies of composers and performers, work details, work analyses, CD accompanying texts, synopses and libretti of operas, etc
Available on the Stella Vorarlberg campus network.

Oxford Music Online
Grove Music Online, with access to search in The Oxford Dictionary of Music and The Oxford Companion to Music
Available on the Stella Vorarlberg campus network.

Choral Public Domain Library
CkoralWiki: free choral music

Complete Handel edition by Friedrich Chrysander
The most complete edition of Handel’s works to date.

International Music Score Library Project (Petrucci Music Library)
Virtual library of public domain scores and sheet music collections of composers who would like to make their works available to the world free of charge.

New Mozart Edition: Digitized version
Contains the musical text and critical reports of the New Mozart Edition, which has been published since 1954 by the International Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg in conjunction with the Mozart cities of Augsburg, Salzburg and Vienna

Bach digital
The Bach digital portal offers a digital library with complete scans of works from a database of manuscript sources with compositions by the Bach family Catalogues of works by the Bach family.

BASE Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine) is one of the world’s largest search engines for academic web documents. The index comprises over 300 million documents from over 10,000 data providers. The full texts of around 60% of the documents indexed in BASE are freely accessible (open access). The BASE search engine is operated by Bielefeld University Library.

Bibliography of music literature online
Bibliographical references, journal content database

Bonner Catalog
Directory of reverse bound musical performance materials, accessible via the catalog of the German National Library. In the “Advanced Search” it is possible to limit the search to the Bonn catalog under “Locations/Catalogs”.

Bruckner-online is an extensive Anton Bruckner internet portal (web archive), which contains electronic documentation of manuscript sources as well as compositions, relevant persons and places. In addition, complete digital copies of all manuscripts, first editions and the Alte Gesamtausgabe are made available.

Database Information System (DBIS)
Subject area: Musicology

doab – directory of open access books
Search engine for freely accessible books in full text. “The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) is a search service for open access books. DOAB provides a searchable index to peer-reviewed monographs and edited volumes published under an open access license, with links to the full texts of the publications on the publisher’s website or in the repository.”

Electronic Journals Library (EZB)
Directory of electronically published journals with many freely accessible full texts

Pedagogy subject library
Specialized information from a variety of pedagogical databases

KOMU – Conference of Austrian Music Schools
with annotated sheet music

KVK – Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog
The Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog (KVK) is a meta search engine for several hundred million media in library and book trade catalogs worldwide.

The LiederNet Archive
The world’s largest collection of texts and translations of songs and choral works

A comprehensive research tool for searching for research literature and materials on musicology is now available to you.

Music database of the Music Information Center Austria (mica)
Comprehensive entries on contemporary Austrian or Austrian-based female composers, performers, bands, and ensembles. Current focus: new music and jazz

Austrian Music Dictionary online (oeml)
The fundamental reference work on music and musical life in Austria in all its facets

Open Dissertations
Database of EBSCO and BiblioLabs with more than 800,000 free electronic theses and dissertations (mainly in English)
NOTE: in some cases only the abstracts are accessible, not the full texts of the theses

RISM – Répertoire international des Sources Musicales
International encyclopedia of musical sources. Approximately 700,000 entries for researching musical sources (mainly historical manuscript music written before 1800)

Subito literature delivery service
Paid document delivery service from libraries in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Folk music database of the folk song archives in Austria and South Tyrol
Database of the Austrian Folk Song Archive

Periodicals Database (ZDB)
The ZDB is the world’s largest database for title and ownership records of serial collected works, i.e. journals, newspapers, etc.

The Wind Repertory Project
Sheet music database with works for wind instruments, wind ensembles, and wind orchestras

Enables you to search the library collections of thousands of libraries worldwide.

Selected music databases of the VÖB
Link collection of the Association of Austrian Librarians