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. Borrowing FAQ
On-site listening will, again, soon be available in the Frank and Virginia Crawford Listening Center. It will include 5 listening stations, as well a group viewing station for DVDs and VHS, and additional study space. The control area, located behind the Music Service Desk, houses turntables, cassette decks, CD players and changers, and DAT players. The facility will be 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 an alternative photo ID. Eight-track and reel-to-reel players are also available, but listening is restricted to 1-2 users at a time. Until the Listening Center renovations are complete, users may listen to collection materials in our recording rooms. Find Sound Recordings
Although recording from Listening Center equipment is not permitted, recording for classroom presentations may be requested at the Music Service Desk. Recordings must be requested 48 hours in advance (excluding weekends) and is restricted by the Copyright Laws of the United States (Title 17). Additional recording services are available for a fee; see the library's recording policy for more details. 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.
Anyone teaching a course on campus is welcome to use the reserve services offered by the Music Library. Please direct reserve requests and questions to Lindy Smith. Requests will be processed in the order they are received. Please allow for a minimum of one week for processing; more time may be necessary at the beginnings of semesters. Items that show the location of "Music Reserve" in the library catalog are located in a staff only area of the Music Library. Music Reserve materials must be requested at, checked out from, and returned to the Music Service Desk. You can find items on reserve by searching the libraries' catalog by instructor name or course number. Read More
The Music Library staff is happy to assist all local or distance library users with their research needs and locating materials within the library. Patrons can visit the Music Service Desk on the third floor of the Jerome Library, contact library staff directly, or utilize some of our online resources, such as the music research guides, or our Ask Us library answers page. Ask Us!
Tours, Presentations, and Classroom Instruction
We are happy to schedule tours classes in the ML/BSSA. 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.
Request for Purchases
Requests to purchase materials for the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives are encouraged. Please e-mail requests to Susannah Cleveland or talk to any ML/BSSA staff member. If an item is difficult to find, please let us know any information you might already have about its purchase.