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Music Library Services

Multimedia Services

Listening & Viewing Stations

In addition to our computers, which are all capable of playing CDs and DVDs, the Music Library also has a number of listening stations that allow patrons to listen to cassettes and LPs. These listening and viewing stations are located on the bottom floor. There are two tape decks, two LP players, and two VHS/DVD/Blu-Ray players. Patrons can check out headphones at the circulation desk or use their own.

Group Viewing & Study Room

The Group Viewing and Study Room is located on the bottom floor in room 125a. This room has the ability to utilize all mediums of audio and video for group instruction and study. A member of the Music Library staff must unlock the door for patrons to use the room. To keep noise pollution in the rest of the library to a minimum, patrons must use the wireless headphones provided for use in the room. At the present time, eight headphones are available.

Microform Reader/Printer

Microfilm and microfiche can be read, scanned, and printed in the Music Library. A machine that reads and prints from both microfilm and microfiche is located on the main floor. A Q-Card (college ID) is required to pay for scans or copies. To add money to your ID, go to the Q-Card Office.


Collections & Equipment

CD, DVD, LP, and VHS Collections

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.

Loan Periods

Circ CDs 1 week
Schwarz CD 1 week
Videos 4 hours
DVDs 4 hours
LPs 3 hours


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.)


Macbooks (the Music Library does not have PC laptops) may be checked out by currently enrolled Queens College students for five hours at a time.


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.

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