About the Music Library Collection

The UMN Music Library's collections support the full range of degree programs and courses offered by the School of Music, and the diverse research and performance interests of its students and faculty.

The main collection includes scores, audio and video recordings, books, periodicals, and microforms covering all areas of Western art music, as well as selected coverage of non-Western and vernacular forms of music, including folk, jazz, and rock. The collection is strong in the areas of opera, history of music theory, and 19th- and early 20th-century German periodical literature.

We have approximately 150,000 scores and books, 400 periodical titles (current subscriptions list), and over 50,000 CDs, LPs, Audiocassettes, Video cassettes, and DVDs.


Several special collections are held in the Music Library. The Rare Book Room houses the Stanley E. Hubbard Music Collection, the music library of radio station KSTP, a collection of music theory treatises, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century opera scores, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century hymnals and tune books. The Roy A. Schuessler Vocal Arts Collection was established in 1986 for the study of vocal arts and literature.