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Finding Materials in the Music Library

Where to Look

  • Scores and books in the Music Library are shelved in alphabetical and numerical order, according to Library of Congress classifications (e.g., M, ML, MT). Within these classes, like-sized materials are grouped together.
  • Scores (and parts):
    • Historical anthologies and editions of composers’ complete works (Quarto/Folio M1-M3) are found in shelf ranges 1 – 5A. These are for use only in the Music Library. (The words “Quarto” or “Folio” immediately before the call number designate larger-size publications, which in the UMN Music Library are shelved separately from “octavo” and “miniature” scores).
    • Miniature scores are housed in shelf ranges 5B – 7A. These may be checked out of the Library.
    • Larger performance scores and parts (Quartos and Folios) are in shelf ranges 21A – 32A. These may also be checked out.
    • Over-size scores (i.e., larger than Quartos and Folios) are found in shelf range 24. These may also be checked out.
    • Digital images of many music scores are now available in online databases such as Classical Scores Library, Naxos Music Library Sheet Music, IMSLP: Petrucci Music Library, Choral Public Domain Library, and Mutopia Project, among others. They can be accessed via the A-Z title list on the Libraries Home Page (https://www.lib.umn.edu/) under the heading “Browse Databases.”
  • Books:
  • Music Periodicals:
    • Current and recent print issues of many music journals are found on the display shelves adjacent to the public computer terminals near the circulation desk.
    • Some music journals to which the Music Library subscribes are now published in digital form only. The full texts of these titles can be accessed online through UMN’s online catalog.
    • Print back-issues from the last decade or so are shelved alphabetically by title in shelving ranges 35B – 39B.
    • Many older print back-issues are in off-site storage. They can be requested via UMN’s online catalog, and are normally delivered to the Music Library within 3 working days.
    • The full texts of a growing number of music journals are available online via JSTOR, International Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP), Music Index Online, RILM, and other databases, most of which can be accessed via the A-Z title list on the UMN Libraries Home Page (https://www.lib.umn.edu/).
  • Audio & Video Recordings:
    • All audio & video recordings in the Music Library’s collections are shelved behind the circulation desk.
    • They are available for listening or viewing on playback equipment in the Music Library, and normally do not leave the Library.
    • Find the “accession numbers” of the recordings you want in UMN’s online catalog (e.g., CD-457, DVD-1,672), and request those numbers at the circulation desk. Staff will deliver them to you at the desk and provide headphones, if needed.
    • LPs, audio cassettes, and VHS cassettes can also be found in UMN’s online catalog, though older LPs can be searched only via the card catalog adjacent to the Listening/Viewing area in the Music Library. Bring the number of any of these items to the staff at the circulation desk, and they will be retrieved for you.
  • Microfilms and Microfiche
    • Microfilms and microfiche are stored in 2 tall shelving units in shelf range 1.
    • Most of them are listed in UMN’s online catalog.
    • Bring the cataloging number of any of these items to the staff at the circulation desk, and they will be retrieved for you. Circ-desk staff can also help you get set up on one of the machines adjacent to shelf range 1.
  • Vocal Arts Collection
    • Materials in the VAC are cataloged in UMN’s online catalog.
    • Give the call number(s) to staff at the circulation desk, and items will be retrieved for you.
    • They are for consultation only in the Music Library.
  • Rare Books
    • Most materials in the Rare Book Room are cataloged in UMN’s online catalog.
    • Give the call number(s) to staff at the circulation desk, and items will be retrieved for you.
    • They are for consultation only in the Music Library.