Since 1996, the Library has been part of the Parma Librarian System in which it catalogues the modern works of music literature, the periodics and the new acquisitions of printed music.

In the National Librarian Service OPAC the handwritten collections are about to be catalogued; currently are available online the Sanvitale collection records and the Borbone and Bottesini collections are lying in wait.

The printed music is about to be recovered, but most of the documents are only available on paper catalogue by now.


The paper catalogue is divided into author and systematic categories.
The systematic catalogue, with some sections organized into genres (sacred and profane music; teahtrical works – scores, arrangements and libretto’s, jazz) and type of the documents (orchestral material, manuscripts, anastatic reprints), was essencially born for pragmatic reasons, to answer the needs of the scholastic users.

Music literature

The paper catalogue has an authors section and a subjects section.
Since 1996 has been starting the online cataloguing within the Parma Librarian System and the recovering of the previous documents is in progress.

Historic catalogues

Three different catalogues prove the gradual enrichment, also thanks to the donations, of the library heritage. In these catalogues there’s also non-musical material that has been nowadays moved to the Palatine Library.

  1. Libretto’s catalogue
    It’s an alphabetic catalogue sorted by authors whose records are put in reverse, so it must be browsed from the right to the left. It’s been edited in the years after the establishment of the Music Section – from 1889 to 1898 – by the first librarian Michele Caputo.

  2. Staderini catalogue
    It’s a catalogue sorted by author, started in 1929 by Guido Gasperini and increased by the successors, as the different writings prove.

  3. Music libretto’s catalogue
    The catalogue, in two volumes, has been published in 1949 by Arnaldo Furlotti and Mario Ferrarini and lists, sorted by title, the music libretto’s of the historic collection, that is mainly made of Sanvitale’s donations in the beginning of the XX century
    It is available online at the address: