Music Library & Sound Recordings Archives
See our Circulation Policy for details on borrowing materials from the Music Library. Off campus researchers should make arrangements for access in advance of their visit but will not be able to take materials from the library; more information is available on our Visiting Scholars page.
The Frank and Virginia Crawford Listening Center, renovated in 1999, has 21 listening carrels, each equipped with a headphone amplifier, remote control pad, and mini-disc recorder. The control area, located behind the Music Service Desk, houses turntables, cassette decks, CD players and changers, and mini-disc and DAT players. The facility is available during the hours the Music Library is open and can be used for class/research listening, as well as recreational listening. Patrons using the Listening Center must present their current university ID card or library courtesy card. Courtesy cards are available from the Jerome Library circulation desk.
Although recording from Listening Center equipment is not permitted, recording for classroom presentations may be requested at the Listening Center. Recordings must be requested 48 hours in advance (excluding weekends) and is restricted by the Copyright Laws of the United States (Title 17). For additional information refer to the Recording Policy.
Two recording rooms, equipped with turntables, CD players, cassette decks, a CD recorder, and video equipment, are available for use by university faculty and graduate teaching assistants to prepare listening materials for class use and for Music Library patrons to view video materials in-house. These studios must be reserved in advance through the departmental office during regular working hours. Recording materials from the collection is restricted by the Copyright Laws of the United States (Title 17). We allow patrons to make transfers of their own recordings as well when the rooms are not in use for curricular purposes, but please contact us for an appointment ahead of time.
Class reserves for ML/SRA materials (recordings, videos, books, and scores) are located at the Music Service Desk. Forms for placing these materials on reserve are available in the departmental office during regular working hours. See our Reserve Policy for more details and contact information.
Informational needs and assistance in locating materials may be requested from Music Library staff. The Music Library also makes available to patrons numerous guides ranging in topics from how to read Library of Congress Call numbers to Rap and Hip-Hop Music. See our Ask Us page for more information about reference assistance.
We are happy to schedule tours classes in the ML/SRA. For library instruction, we can conduct a session in the Music Library, in one of the Libraries' instruction rooms, or in your classroom. Please contact Bill Schurk with requests for popular music and sound recording sessions and Susannah Cleveland for other instruction sessions or tours.
Requests to purchase materials for the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives are encouraged. Please e-mail requests to Susannah Cleveland or talk to any ML/SRA staff member. If an item is difficult to find, please let us know any information you might already have about its purchase.