The Music Library contains over 32,000 books dealing with all aspects of music, including music history, music theory, music education, biographies of musicians and composers, and so forth. All books in the Music Library are classified according to the Library of Congress classification system.
- ML - books on literature of music (i.e., biography, history, etc.)
- MT - books dealing with musical instruction, analysis, or theory
The David Walker Collection is a special collection of books devoted to music education. The collection is located at the end of the M and MT sections.
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Over 38,000 scores are housed in the Music Library. These include vocal and orchestral scores, chamber music, music for solo instruments, and popular and folk music. The score collection is being converted from a modified Columbia-Dickinson classification system to the Library of Congress classification system.
Scores have the same loan periods as books.
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The Music Library has a collection of 10,000 LPs, over 10,000 CDs, over 100 DVDs, and 140 VHS videos. All can be located in the CUNY Catalog. Circulating CDs (indicated by “Circ CD” in front of the call number) circulate for seven days, while non-circulating recordings (e.g. recordings on reserve, Schwarz CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes) can only be used in the Music Library. To check out recordings, take the call numbers of the recordings you want and validated ID to the circulation desk. You can also check out headphones to listen to or view non-circulating recordings in our media center/listening area.
The Music Library subscribes to Naxos, an online audio streaming resource with almost 70,000 CDs available, and DRAM (the Database of Recorded American Music), which features recordings of music by American composers covering a broad range of genres from classical music to opera and folk music. To access Naxos and DRAM, or any of the electronic resources Queens College subscribes to, go to the “Databases” menu on the Music Library homepage and select a resource. For help accessing electronic resources off campus, see the “Connect from Home” link in the left-hand menu.
In addition to streaming audio sources, the Music Library provides access to electronic periodicals (see below), the digital version of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, JSTOR (a digital archive of periodicals, including over 70 music journals), and databases for locating journal articles, dissertations, and other writings on music (RILM, Music Index, and IIMP). Oxford Music Online is the online version of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and includes entries from other Oxford Music reference sources, including the Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Companion to Music. RILM (International Repertory of Music Literature) is the largest database of literature on music, which includes books, articles on music, collections of essays, dissertations, and other formats. While RILM has limited full-text articles, it is a vital research tool for locating sources on music. Music Index and IIMP (International Index to Music Periodicals) provide citations to articles on and reviews of music in music journals and publications.
For help accessing electronic resources off campus, see the “Connect from Home” link in the left-hand menu.
The Music Library currently subscribes to almost 250 journal titles either in print or electronically. All periodicals, including call numbers and the physical location of print journals, can be found in the CUNY Catalog. To search for only e-periodicals, select “E-periodicals” from the “Databases” menu above. (Please note that JSTOR is only one of several sources for electronic journals on music!) Most of the print periodicals are shelved alphabetically by title in the periodicals alcove on the upper floor of the Music Library. Some journals are shelved in the ML and MT sections of the library and some back issues of periodicals are on microfiche or microfilm (indicated by an MF or MC in front of the call number). Please ask for microfiche or microfilm materials at the circulation desk. All periodicals, regardless of format, do not circulate.
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iPods containing the Aaron Copland School of Music listening lists for music majors can be checked out for one week and may be renewed. (iPods can only be checked out by music majors.)
Mac and PC laptops may be checked out by currently enrolled Queens College students for five hours at a time.
Books, scores, audio and visual recordings, and other materials may be placed on reserve for specific courses. All Music Library reserve materials are kept behind the circulation desk and circulate for two hours at a time. Please see the circulation desk for assistance.
The Music Library reference section is housed on the upper floor of the library and contains both books and scores, including complete works of composers, monuments of music, historical editions as well as dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, discographies, etc. All reference materials are denoted by an R or Ref prior to the call number. These materials do not circulate.
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Rare Books and Scores (the X Collection)
The Music Library holds a number of rare books on music and scores. Scores include first edition publications, early American hymnbooks (some dating from the eighteenth century), and other gems. First edition books, including some nineteenth-century publications, as well as other hard to find items make up the book portion of the collection. Due to the fragile nature of these materials, all items in the X collection must be used in the Music Library and cannot be copied without express permission from the Music Library.
The Music Library hold almost 1,300 reels of microfilm and 6,000 microcards. These include back issues of periodicals, doctoral dissertations, musicological and theoretical treatises, and other miscellaneous items. All microform materials are denoted by an MF or MC in front of the call number. These are located in special files near the circulation desk. Please ask for microfiche or microfilm materials at the circulation desk.