The Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives, located on the third floor of the William T. Jerome Library, contains materials related to the study of music. The collection primarily supports the academic programs in the College of Musical Arts, the Department of Popular Culture, and the American Culture Studies Program, but the resources of the library are available to all interested users The resources of the library are available to all interested users. (see our Visiting Scholars page for more).
The Music Library contains more than 60,000 books and scores related to all aspects of the study of music. Studies ranging from biography to general histories of music, from theoretical treatises to studies of such diverse aspects as country music, opera, and band music are included in the collection. The score collection includes solos, orchestral studies, exercise books, and chamber music for ensembles from two to ten parts. The recordings collection, which circulates on a limited basis, contains more than 16,000 recordings of music from all periods of music history as well as ethnic music, musical theater, and jazz. Recital tapes from the College of Musical Arts dating from 1966 are maintained by the Music Library. All masters' theses and documents written by graduate students in the College of Musical Arts are housed in the collection.
The Music Library houses two large special collections: The Bill Schurk Sound Archives and the Archives of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music. The Bill Schurk Sound Archives, considered the nation's premier collection of commercial popular music sound recordings, contains almost a million recordings representing all styles of popular music and all recorded formats. The Bill Schurk Sound Archives, considered the nation's premier collection of commercial popular music sound recordings, contains almost a million recordings representing all styles of popular music and all recorded formats. Established in 1967 for the scholarly study of popular music and named for founding Sound Recordings Archivist Bill Schurk in 2016, the Sound Archives serve not only campus patrons, but researchers from around the world. Discographies, books, and periodicals related to popular music and the recording industry are also included in this collection.
Established in 1987, the Archives of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music contain music both submitted to and performed at the College of Musical Arts' New Music and Art Festival. At present, the collection contains more than 3800 scores of contemporary music, many in manuscript. Papers relating to the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music are located in the Center for Archival Collections under the call number MS-778.
Music Library materials are accessed through the BGSU Libraries Catalog, the online catalog of University Libraries at Bowling Green State University. The BGSU Libraries Catalog is a component of OhioLINK, the statewide library and information network.