RILM: Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale

imageRépertoire 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); International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM); and the International Musicological Society (IMS).

RILM’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 over 200 journals linked from the bibliographic records.

RILM music encyclopedias is a growing full-text repository of seminal music encyclopedias, currently with 45 titles.

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

RILM is also the publisher of the widely read blog, Bibliolore (, How to Write About Music: The RILM Manual of Style, and Music's Intellectual History, comprising 66 essays on the history of music scholarship from the Renaissance to the 20th century.

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