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Music Library

About the Music Library

Music Library

Supported by both the Aaron Copland School of Music and the Queens College Libraries, the Queens College Music Library has evolved into a first-class research facility and is the largest music collection in the CUNY system. The Music Library is located on two levels in the School of Music building and contains over 35,000 scores, 30,000 books and 20,000 sound recordings. The reference collection, including complete works of composers and monuments of music, is one of the best in the New York City area. Special Collections, in the Benjamin Rosenthal Library, holds the Karol Rathaus Archives and the K. Robert Schwarz Papers.

News & Events

Book Sale — 15 November

The Queens College Music Library will be having a book sale November 15 between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm in the Atrium of the Aaron Copland School of Music. Sale items include donated books on music, scores, recordings (CDs, DVDs, LPs, Cassettes, VHS tapes, etc.), and other books. Hard-cover books and scores will be $3.00, soft-cover $2.00, and recordings will be ¢50 per LP/cassette, $1.00 per CD, $2.00 per DVD, and ¢50 per VHS tape.

All proceeds fund the purchase of new books, scores, and recordings. Items in the sale are donations to the Music Library.


Group Study Rooms (125a and 125c)

The Music Library has two rooms (125a and 125c) available to students for group study on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. Only patrons with a valid Queens College ID may use these rooms. Patrons may reserve rooms via the online reservation system with their Queens College user account. Walk-in room requests are also available at the circulation desk. Classes, senior concentration exams, and room reservations will take priority over walk-in requests.

To reserve a room, log in with your CAMS account.

Information on room policies and procedures.


K. Robert Schwarz Interview Collection

All 320 tapes of K. Robert Schwarz's interviews with prominent musicians of the twentieth century are now available for use on CDs in the Queens College Music Library. From 1987 to 1998, Schwarz, a scholar and classical music critic who wrote for the New York Times and other publications, interviewed hundreds of prominent musicians, all of which are captured in this collection. Those interviewed include composers (Paul Bowles, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Milton Babbitt, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros, Ellen Taffe Zwilich, John Corigliano, and many others), performers (Joshua Bell, Anne Sophie Mutter, Thomas Hampson, and more), conductors (including James Levine and Andre Previn), and fellow scholars. For a complete list of interviewees, see the CUNY Catalog (do a simple search for “Schwarz interviews”). Schwarz, who earned his bachelor's of arts degree in music at Queens College in 1979, focused on twentieth-century music, particularly minimalism (see his 1996 book, Minimalists), Steve Reich (the subject of his 1982 master's thesis at Indiana University), and Paul Bowles (the subject of his doctoral work at the City University of New York Graduate Center). Thank you to the Special Collections Department of the Benjamin Rosenthal Library and to the Schwarz family for facilitating the completion of this digitization project.

Due to copyright issues, CDs must be used in the QC Music Library and cannot be copied or published without permission from the Schwarz family and those being interviewed.

Music Library Hours

Location & Contact

Music Building, Room 225
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Queens, NY 11367-1597
(tel) 718-997-3900
(fax) 718-997-3928
musiclibrary@qc.cuny.edu

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