RILM: Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale
(International Repertory of Music Literature)

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) documents and disseminates music research worldwide. It is committed to the comprehensive and accurate representation of music scholarship in all countries and languages, and across all disciplinary and cultural boundaries. RILM is a joint project of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (IAML); the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM); and the International Musicological Society (IMS).

imageRILM’s flagship publication, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, is a comprehensive international bibliography of writings on music covering publications from the early 19th century to the present.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text includes the bibliography as well as full-text articles from 240 journals linked from the bibliographic records, and new journals to be added over time.

RILM Music Encyclopedias is a growing full-text repository of seminal music encyclopedias, currently counting over 50 titles, and from 2020 on also available on RILM’s platform.

RILM has recently taken over and relaunched the Index to Printed Music, the digital finding aid for searching specific musical works contained in printed collections, sets, and series. IPM includes over 550,000 entries, and expands constantly to cover new volumes as they appear on the market.

In partnership with the publisher Bärenreiter and J.B. Metzler, RILM runs MGG Online (, which comprises the 2nd edition of Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart along with new and substantially updated content.

RILM also publishes the widely read blog, Bibliolore (, and the style manual How to Write About Music: The RILM Manual of Style (currently in its second edition).

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