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Music Library Collections

Books

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 MT section.

Consult the Floor Maps to see where books can be found in the Music Library.

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Scores

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. For parts of ensembles of 10 or more instruments, contact Thomas Lee in the Aaron Copland School of Music.

Scores have the same loan periods as books.

Consult the Floor Maps to see where books can be found in the Music Library.

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Recordings

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.

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Streaming Audio & Video

The Music Library subscribes to several streaming audio and video resources. Naxos Music Library and DRAM (the Database of Recorded American Music) provide access to over 100,000 recordings, many of which are not available in the Music Library's CD collection, particularly DRAM's coverage of music by American composers of broad range of genres from classical music to opera and folk music. Videos of operas can be found in Opera in Video and Naxos Video Library, which also includes videos of ballets, classical music performances, documentaries, etc.

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Electronic Resources

In addition to streaming audio sources, the Music Library provides access to electronic periodicals (see below), several databases for finding articles in journals, and the digital versions of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (published online in Oxford Music Online, which also includes the Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Companion to Music), The Grove Dictionary of American Music, and Oxford Music Reference. Please note that Queens College does not have access to some of the additional reference sources listed in Oxford Music Online (including the Encyclopedia of Popular Music and The International Encyclopedia of Dance).

IIMP (International Index of Music Periodicals) and Music Index are two databases indexing articles, reviews, obituaries, and other materials found in hundreds of international music periodicals. While IIMP and Music Index feature some fulltext articles, JSTOR provides the fulltext of almost 100 core scholarly journals dedicated 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.

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Periodicals

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!) Print periodicals that are not available electronically are shelved alphabetically by title in the periodicals section on the upper floor of the Music Library. For journals in storage, all of which should be available electronically, please request them from library staff 24 hours in advance (email requests to musiclibrary@qc.cuny.edu). 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.

Consult the Floor Maps to see where periodicals can be found in the Music Library.

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iPods

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.)

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Laptops

Laptops may be checked out by currently enrolled Queens College students for five hours at a time.

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Reserve

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.

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Reference

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.

Consult the Floor Maps to see where periodicals can be found in the Music Library.

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Rare Books & Scores (the X Collection)

The Music Library holds a number of rare books on music and scores, which are designated by an X before the call number in the CUNY Catalog. 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. Please request these items 24 hours in advance by calling or emailing the Music Library.

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Microforms

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.

For more information contact musiclibrary@qc.cuny.edu.

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