iPads displaying Forte app

Forte: sheet music for iPad

The Forte app can no longer be downloaded from the App Store as it is not compatible with Apple software. We apologise for any inconvenience. There are no plans to update Forte at this stage. Access digitised music from our collections in the catalogue

Is music your forte? How about history? Australian culture? The National Library of Australia is giving you a way to appreciate all three. Forte presents the Library’s collection of digitised sheet music, more than 13,000 individual items - your very own browsable, portable and practical music book. 


  • 13,000 pages of music
  • Browse scores by decade or composer
  • Beautiful cover artwork
  • Create your own list of favourites
  • Easy to play music straight from your iPad with simple swipe function
  • Share your favourites through Facebook, Twitter and email
  • Learn the history of each score through the Library Catalogue

Mobile showing the catalogue app

Mobile Catalogue

The National Library of Australia mobile catalogue is a a fast and easy way to search the collection and to find resources using your iOS or Android devices.

Our mobile catalogue allows you to:

  • Quickly search the collection
  • View details of collection items, such as notes, descriptions and publication information
  • Check if collection items are available

The mobile catalogue is available to download for free from iTunes for Apple product users, and Google Play for Android users.

Mobile strategy

Where opportunity exists, conceptual leaders stand ready and eager to innovate. Read the National Library's mobile strategy, launched in May 2012. In order to pave the way for invention and experimentation, the Library hopes that its Mobile Strategy will open up a playing field of creativity and discourse between likeminded institutions and professionals within the mobile realm. You can also read about the open-source software we have used in the development of our apps.