The International Library of Women Composers is a permanent archive of scores and recordings located at Nicolaihaus in the historic district of Unna, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Operating under the sponsorship of the Sybil-Westendorp-Foundation, the International Library of Women Composers is seeking to expand its collection of works of women composers around the world.

Nicolaihaus Unna (c): Armin Eichenmueller

About the Library

Information about the library's history

(c): unsplash/Rajesh Kavasseri

Concerts & Tickets (de)

With the concert series "Komponistinnen-Konzerte", the Sybil-Westendorp-Foundation fosters women in music. Keep informed about upcoming concerts and buy tickets here.

(c): unsplash/Marius Masalar


Currently the inventory of International Library of Women Composers is in progress. Please contact us, if you you are interested in any media.

Feel free to contact us for research projects!

Foto (c): Armin Eichenmueller

Audio Archive

CDs, MCs and LPs as well as the digitalized tape recordings of Sybil Westendorp (Lotte Orthmann) can be found in the reference collection of the library. Please email armin.eichenmueller@stadt-unna.de for more information.

Contact us

Kreisstadt Unna, Bereich Kultur Armin Eichenmueller Lindenplatz 1 59423 Unna Tel. +49 2303/103-789


Here you'll find links on the topic women in music.
in German-speaking Europe
i.d.a. – Dachverband deutschsprachiger Lesben- und Frauenarchive, -bibliotheken und -dokumentationsstellen
Archiv Frau und Musik in Frankfurt/Main
Sophie Drinker Institut
Musik und Gender im Internet
Forschungszentrum Musik und Gender
musica femina münchen e. V.
Melodiva – Frauenmusikbüro
CID – Fraen an Gender
Frauenkulturbüro NRW

University of Music Karlsruhe

Ambache Charitable Trust
A Modern Reveal
…and we were heard
Boulanger Initiative
British Music Collection
Canadian Women Composers
Centre International Nadia et Lili Boulanger
Donne | Women in Music
Illuminate Women’s Music
International Alliance for Women in Music
Institute for Composer Diversity
Kaprálová Society
Keychange/PRS Foundation
KVAST Association
Listening To Ladies
Many Many Women
Music by Black Composers
Music Theory Examples by Women
Related Sources
Sound and Music
The Daffodil Perspective
Venus Blazing
Venus Unwrapped
Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy