Frequently Asked Questions

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About the ML/BSSA

The mlbssa is us!

Music Library & Bill Schurk Sound Archives

It's quite a mouthful, so we often abbreviate to ML/BSSA or just say the Music Library.

That's easy! Just type your question in your Twitter account and tag us: @mlbssa

We're in Jerome Library (the main library) on the 3rd floor. Jerome is the tall building with murals on the front and back, located just to the southwest from the music building and the Wolfe Center.

Jerome Library

See our directions page for details on how to find us if you're coming from off campus.

Absolutely! Anyone is welcome to come to the library and archives and read or listen to the items in our collection. If you are planning a visit and are interested in a large number of resources, please get in touch with us ahead of time so we can prepare accordingly.

For those outside of the BGSU or OhioLINK network:

Items in our catalog with a status of "Available" may be borrowed via interlibrary loan.

Items in our catalog with a status of "Shorter Loan" or "Library Use Only" must be used in the library.

It's usually somewhere between 2 and 2 1/2 hours.

Bill Schurk, the very man who founded the Sound Archives way back in 1967 retired in December of 2016, but he still comes around! You can also email him.

Bill in the 80s

Just leave it on a table, and we'll pick it up later. It's not that we don't trust you to put it back in the right place, but we like to count the stuff people pull off the shelf so that we'll know which ones have been used (and by extension, which ones we should be sure we keep). Think of it as voting for your favorite books and scores.

Not dangerous at all, though you wouldn't be the first to wonder. The floor panels have sensors in them, so as soon as you walk down an aisle, the controls that move the shelves stop working.

The stairs to the 4th floor (the Popular Culture Library) all open into areas that are for staff only, so members of the public may only take the elevator to the 4th floor.

The Music Library does have student assistant position vacancies throughout the year, depending on our staffing needs. When library positions for students are available, we always post them on Handshake.

Nope- work study isn't required to work at the library. However, due to budget constraints, we at the library are tasked to hire 75% work study students and 25% non-work study students. So, work study is preferred.

Nope. Student positions at the Music Library are open to all majors.

Borrowing Materials

Books and scores that you find on the shelf yourself may be checked out at the main circulation desk on the first floor. (books and scores from the closed stacks need to be checked out and used in the music library)

Some sound and video recordings may be borrowed, depending on their content and your patron type. As a general rule, you will be able to determine whether an item may be borrowed by reading the call number. CDs and LPs in the Sound Archives, course reserve CDs, and CMA Recital recordings do not circulate. However, you may listen to any recording in the Music Library. If the call number begins:

MUSICCD (compact discs)

  • BGSU students - 3-day loan, 3 renewals
  • BGSU faculty & staff - 2-week loan, 3 renewals

MUSIC12/33 (12-inch, long-play records; vinyl)

  • BGSU students - 3-day loan, 3 renewals
  • BGSU faculty & staff - 2-week loan, 3 renewals


  • BGSU students - 3-day loan, no renewals
  • BGSU faculty - 2-week loan, 3 renewals
  • BGSU staff - 3-day loan, 3 renewals

Basically, if the call number is NOT preceded by the word "MUSIC" and begins with letters or numbers, (CD, 12/33, 10/45, 10/33, etc.) the recording is part of the holdings of the Sound Archives, which do not circulate.

Once you have found CDs or DVDs that you would like to check out, make a note of the call numbers. (They look like this: MUSICCD00111) Bring those call numbers to the Music Library's service desk with your BGSU ID, and the library staff will pull the items and check them out to you.

Bonus Reminder: When you leave the building, make sure you pass your items around the security gate to the Main Circulation staff. We do not de-sensitize the security tags in our media, and they will set off the alarm!

You can search for reserves in the catalog by title, author, course number, or instructor. Reserve items are kept behind the desk, so you'll have to ask one of our friendly desk employees to assist you with them.

Please return all CDs to the friendly staff at the Music Service Desk in the Music Library. Whatever you do, please don't return them to the Main Circulation Desk; this delays check in, puts the recordings at risk for damage, and generally causes all sorts of complications.

When an item status is "Shorter Loan", it means that the item is available for check out to BGSU patrons, but for a shorter time period than our main stack items. Unfortunately, OhioLINK patrons and courtesy card holders cannot check these items out. A list of all item status definitions can be found in the catalog.

The Music Library's circulation policy for sound recordings and videos is below:

Patron Type Policy
Undergraduates If the call number begins MUSICCD (compact discs), MUSIC12/33 (LPs), MUSICDVD (DVDs), or MUSICVHS (videos), undergraduates may check out the materials for 3 days; up to 3 renewals are allowed.
Graduate Students If the call number begins MUSICCD (compact discs), MUSIC12/33 (LPs), MUSICDVD (DVDs), or MUSICVHS (videos), graduates may check out the materials for 3 days; up to 3 renewals are allowed.
Faculty If the call number begins MUSICCD (compact discs), MUSIC12/33 (LPs), MUSICDVD (DVDs) or MUSICVHS (videos),you may check out the materials for 2 weeks; up to 3 renewals are allowed.
Staff If the call number begins MUSICCD (compact discs), MUSIC12/33 (LPs), MUSICDVD (DVDs), or MUSICVHS (videos), staff may check out the materials for 3 days; up to 3 renewals are allowed.
Courtesy Card Holders Courtesy cards are issued to BGSU alumni, and may be purchased by community members or visiting researchers at the Main Circulation desk. In the MLSRA, courtesy card privileges include in-house use of any materials on the third floor, and check-out of any open stacks circulating materials. Sound recordings and other circulating closed stacks materials are not available to be checked out with a courtesy card.

Usually, this means that we have ordered and received it, and it is now in the process of being cataloged and prepared for the shelf. Let us know that you're waiting for it, and we can place a hold on it, so that you'll get a notification as soon as it's ready to circulate.

The NW Regional Depository is the off-site storage space where we keep materials that are not in high demand. If you find something you want that is located there, let us know at our service desk, and we'll put in a request for you. Items from the Depository are usually delivered the next business day; books are delivered to the main circulation desk while recordings are delivered to the Music Library.

Sorry, but no. The privacy of library patrons is really important to us, and we can't give out information about who has what checked out. We'd recommend searching OhioLINK to find another copy of the book that you can borrow.

Courtesy cards are for Alumni and non-BGSU affiliated library users. However, if you are a cardholder of another OhioLINK institution, you can borrow materials via OhioLINK without a courtesy card.

In the MLSRA, courtesy card privileges include check-out of any open-stack, circulating materials. Sound recordings and other circulating closed stacks materials are not available to be checked out with a courtesy card. However, all sound recordings and videos are available for in-house viewing and listening.

Extra Bonus Information!

  • Any Ohio resident may apply for a courtesy card for borrowing privileges at the University Libraries. Please ask at the main circulation desk of Jerome or Firelands Libraries for an application.
  • Courtesy cards may be used by applicant only -- there are no corporate, group, or family cards.
  • If applicant is under 18, the application must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • The fee is $25.00 per year. This fee is waived for BGSU alumni.
  • Courtesy Card patrons may borrow most BGSU Jerome Main stacks materials and have limited OhioLINK borrowing privileges.
  • Courtesy card borrowers do not have remote access to the online research databases.
  • Some special collection materials (for example: CDs and DVDs) are not loaned to Courtesy Card holders.
  • Courtesy cards are valid for one year, but privileges must be updated at the end of each academic semester.
  • Courtesy Card and Photo ID must be presented at time of application, and every time materials are borrowed.

Both cards are for Alumni and non-BGSU affiliated library users.

  • A guest card is what you need to print or make photocopies.
  • A courtesy card is what you need to check out books and other materials at the library.

Sound Recordings

Most of our popular recordings are part of an internationally known research archive, which is committed to preserving the recordings. When items are frequently circulating, they become damaged over time, or sometimes are never returned.

While we do not allow anyone to check out the recordings, on site listening is available.

The short answer is that we have all the equipment necessary on site, so you can listen to whatever music you like on here at the library.

However, if you crave more information, check out this video on using the Music Listening Center:

Indeed, anyone is welcome to come and listen. You'll need some form of ID to borrow headphones, so if you're not affiliated with BGSU, be sure to bring your driver's license or other state-issued ID with you.

Unfortunately, no. These "Library Use Only" CDs are part of an internationally known research archive, which is committed to preserving the recordings. When items are frequently handled, they become damaged over time. Also, occasionally discs get stuck or forgotten in laptops, and some of the CDs are irreplaceable.

Because of copyright law and staffing concerns, the library offers a very limited copying service. All copies of recordings must fall under "Fair Use" guidelines and meet the following conditions:

  • Recordings must be for educational purposes AND for presentation use only
  • Recordings are limited to 1 or 2 tracks
  • The library cannot make copies of recordings for personal study or discs on reserve for classes.
  • Any requests of an extraordinary nature must be cleared by the Sound Recordings Archivist or the Head of the Music Library. See our staff directory page for their contact information.

For further information on our recording policy, talk to a Music Library staff member.

Extra Information Bonus!
The four factors that determine Fair Use are: (copied from the US copyright website)

  1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work

At a glance, you can see the difference by looking at the call number. Call numbers that start with 12/33 or Music 12/33 are LPs (records, if you will), and call numbers that start with CD or MusicCD are CDs.

If you'd rather filter your search results to get just CDs or LPs, you can narrow the formats you're searching by choosing the sound recording type. If you're doing a search on the Keyword tab (this is the default catalog page), you can select your preferred format from the drop-down menu labeled Sound Recordings. If you've already run a search from Keyword or any other tab, you can limit the results by type by clicking the "Modify Search" button at the top of your search results page. From the Sound Recording list, choose "33rpm" for LP records.

Start in the online catalog with an author search on "Bowling Green State University" with the name of the ensemble appended at the end. For example: Bowling Green State University. Wind Symphony. When you've located an item, jot down the call number (it'll be in the center and start with something like, RecitalCD...), bring it to the music service desk, and we'll be able to set you up to listen or check it out (if we have two copies of a title, you may borrow it; if we have only one copy, you'll need to use it here in the library).

We do house these archives, but the process for acquiring a copy is through Recording Services in the College of Musical Arts. Get in touch with the Manager of Recording Services, Michael Laurello (419-372-8405 or

Naxos Music Library is an online streaming service that BGSU students, faculty, and staff can use to listen to music on their computers or portable devices on and off campus. It includes:

...all of the Naxos, Marco Polo, Dacapo, BIS, Chandos, CPO, Hänssler, and Hungaroton catalogues, as well as recordings from several other labels. Altogether, the holdings currently consist of almost a million tracks from over 50,000 CDs, with new releases added each month. Users may stream a wide variety of classical, jazz, new age, and world music from on or off campus. You may search the collection or browse by title, genre, or broader categories. The site also includes a reference area with sections such as opera synopses, opera libretti, and a pronunciation guide.

If, while you're listening, you find things you want to hear on the go, create an account, compile a playlist, and then download the relevant iPhone or Android app to listen to your playlist.

You might also want to investigate our other streaming audio databases, DRAM and American Song.

DRAM (Database of American Recorded Music) is an online streaming music service that BGSU students, faculty, and staff can use to listen to music on their computers or portable devices on and off campus.

It includes: labels such as New World, CRI, Albany, Innova, and several others. Genres range “from folk to opera, Native American to jazz, 19th century classical to early rock, musical theater, contemporary, electronic and beyond.”

Bonus Tip:

You might also want to investigate our other streaming audio services: Naxos Music Library and American Song.

American Song is an online streaming music service that BGSU students, faculty, and staff can use to listen to music on their computers or portable devices on and off campus.

American Song includes recordings of tens of thousands of songs relating to a wide range of American social and ethnic groups, social movements, and historical periods. Included are songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. There are songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and anti-war protests.

The genres encompass country, folk, bluegrass, Western, old time, blues, gospel, shape-note singing, doo-wop, Motown, R&B, soul, funk, and others on a variety of labels, including Rounder and Smithsonian Folkways.

Bonus Tip:

You might also want to investigate our other streaming audio services: DRAM and Naxos Music Library.

If we own the CD, the call number for it should be on the same record as the book. Look, for instance, at this record for Jeff Titon's Worlds of Music. The book has a call number that starts with ML, while the CD call number starts with MusicCD (as do all of our circulating CD call numbers!). To borrow that CD, simply jot down the call number and bring it to the Music Service Desk so one of our friendly staff members can pull it and check it out to you.

We have lots of these! There are a few strategies you might consider:

In the online catalog, do a keyword search on the poet's last name and limit your search to material type "Spoken Word Recording."

If the author of the work you're trying to find has a very common last name, try focusing your search by doing an author search on the poet's name in indirect order (last name, first name), then click on the "Limit and Sort Search" button and limit your search to material type "Spoken Word Recording."

To browse poetry recordings, do a subject search on "poetry," then click on the "Limit and Sort Search" button and limit your search to material type "Spoken Word Recording."

Using this method, you might encounter recordings of poets reading their own work OR other actors reading a poet's work. Once you've found a recording that looks interesting, click on the "More Details" tab to find information about who is reading what work.

We do indeed take some donations of records - mainly popular 45s, 33s, 78s - but will need to check our holdings to see if they are things that we need for our collection. As you might imagine, we're short on space, too, and need to be selective about what donations we take, so please get in touch with our Sound Recordings Archivist, Bill Schurk ( or 419-372-2308) before planning a trip to drop them off.

Books, Scores and Songs

That's the designation that we use for the circulating print collections in the music library. With the exception of the first row and a half of the M section, if an item has a location of "Music Library Open Stacks," you should be able to pull that item from the shelf and check it out at the main circulation desk on the first floor.

If you've started your search in Summon, in the left-hand column, click on "more" underneath Content Type, and choose to include only scores.

In the online catalog, you can limit to Material Type "Musical score" at the beginning of a keyword search or, with other searches, after clicking the "Limit & Sort Search" at the top of your search results screen.

Start with the song indexes that are located in the reference section (Music Ref ML 128 .S3). Most of these are organized by song title, although a few also include indexes for composer's name and first lines. If you find the song in the index, there will be a code or a number at the end of the entry. Look back to the beginning of the index, and there will be a list of the anthologies indexed. Find the code or number that was at the end of the song's description to see what anthology that song is in. Most of the anthologies we have will have their call numbers written in pencil in this list, but if there is no call number for an anthology you need, try looking up that anthology by title in the online catalog, just in case. See the research guide for vocal music for a list of some of the most helpful song indexes.

Look in for the composer's name in Anna Harriet Heyer's Historical sets, Collected Editions, and Monuments of Music: A Guide to their Contents (Music Ref ML113.H52 1980 v.1). All of the published collected works by that composer will be listed; if we own it, the call number (in the M3s) will be written in pencil at the beginning of the description of the edition. Each volume and its contents are listed.

There are a couple of approaches to this. You might try starting with the online catalog and conducting a title search for a particular show (such as Fame). Or, you might try title and keyword searches for individual songs. Also, see our overview of song indexes for further tips on locating individual songs in anthologies.

Alternatively, you might just want to browse the shelf. We own The Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology in the M 1507 section (plus see the index to it at: ). You will find full scores for musicals (and operas) in the M 1500s and vocal scores in the M 1503s. See also:

M 1505 -- Excerpts from musicals (full scores)
M 1507-8 -- Excerpts from musicals (piano-vocal scores)
ML 50 -- Libretti / Books

Up through 2005, most of them are in the MZ section of the shelves, just to the right of the music service desk; some of these have been sent out for digitization, so let us know if you can't locate one. For theses written after 2005, you'll find them in electronic form in the OhioLINK ETD (Electronic Theses and Dissertations) Center.

All of these - both print and electronic - are cataloged, so you may search by author to find them in the online catalog if you're looking for a particular person's thesis.

Those will be just to the right of the music service desk, on the black shelves. "MUL" preceding a call number means that it is a book with a non-music classification that is kept in the music library.

"SMC" before a call number means it's part of the Sheet Music Collection, a collection of song folios that we keep in the closed stacks. To get access to one of these, fill out a green card at the Music Service Desk and give it to one of the workers there. He or she will pull the score for you and check it out for two hours within the library.

The "lost" status means we truly don't know where it is right now. If you encounter something with this status, ask at the desk because it never hurts for us to do a fresh search, but it's not looking good that we'll track it down right away, sadly.

That's easy! Just send us the title and author information. If you know something is tricky to find (particularly with scores), but you already know a bit about who sells it, please send us that info as well. We take purchase requests from BGSU faculty, staff, and students for books, scores, CDs, and DVDs and will make every effort to acquire all requests that fit within our collection profile, if we can afford them.

Articles and Reference

Start with Summon. Do a keyword search on your topic, and use the facets on the left to narrow your results by journal type, date, and so on. You might also try Music Index Online. If searching for an author, do try the search with only the last name; often, only the first initial of the author is included in Music Index, so you might eliminate some results by including the first name in your search. If you find an article, there might be a link to a full-text source such as JSTOR, in which case the user can click on that link and have access directly to the article. If we don't have electronic access to a journal or magazine, you should help the patron to look up the title of the journal or magazine (such as "Rolling Stone," or "Spin") in the online catalog to see if we have it, then if we do have that title, the patron should request the periodical volume at the Listening Center window or go down to the periodicals section on the first floor (the South end of the floor) if it's kept down there. Remember, don't search for the article title in the online catalog but rather the periodical's title. If you have no luck in Music Index, try Rock's Backpages We do not subscribe to this service, so we can't access the full-text articles, but you can use the index in the same way you would with Music Index, then check to see if we subscribe to a title.

Summon is a search engine that provides a single starting point to find and access the majority of the University Libraries' resources — including books, ebooks, scholarly journals and articles, newspaper articles, dissertations and theses, videos, maps, manuscripts, music scores, digitized items, and more. A hosted service from Serials Solutions, the Summon knowledge base is combined with content from the University Libraries into one unified index.

Basically, it's the library's catalog
+ library digital collections
+ articles in the many indexes and databases that the library subscribes to (about 80% of the content)

Bonus Tip:
If you're looking for articles about music and your search results in Summon are too broad or contain too many entries not related to what you are looking, try searching in music-specific databases like RILM or Music Index Online.

RILM (an acronym for "Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale"- loosely translated to English as "Abstracts of Music Literature") is a bibliography of articles citations, book abstracts and other materials specific to the subject of music.

"Citations in RILM represent publications in 214 languages, originating in 151 countries. Titles of works are translated into English, and the majority of records have English abstracts."

You can search RILM online, and the two most recent print editions are available in the library's reference section.

Bonus Information
Not finding what you're looking for in RILM? Try the Music Index Online or Summon.

Music Index Online is a way find articles specific to the subject of music. It is an index of content from music magazines, journals, and literature such as Rolling Stone, Billboard and Spin. It "contains cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of articles about music, musicians, and the music industry for more than 480 periodicals, as well as book reviews, obituaries, news, and selective coverage for more than 200 periodicals."

Music Index coverage from 1970 to the present is available online via EBSCOhost.

Music Index coverage from 1949 to 2009 is available in print in the library's reference section.

Bonus Tip:
Not finding what you're looking for? Try RILM or Summon.

Periodicals / serials are magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers, and other materials of a similar nature.

They are published on a periodic basis (weekly, monthly, etc...) or are part of a subscription or series- which is where those seemingly arbitrary words come from.

The most straightforward way to do this is to check Ulrich's Periodical Directory. Once you're in it, look up the title for the journal you want to check. Once you're in the record for that particular title, click on "Additional Title Details." If the title is peer-reviewed, that section will include the term, "Refereed/Peer-reviewed."

Another angle would be to look for peer-reviewed articles in Summon and narrow your results by choosing "Limit to articles from peer-reviewed publications" under "Refine your search" (both Music Index Online and RILM have similar limits as well). Unfortunately, because each database codes things as peer-reviewed or not in different ways, this strategy is not fool-proof, but it's a good way of getting you onto the right track.

If you would like an article from a magazine or journal that is located at the depository, you can request the article through Interlibrary Loan. Once the request is received, the article will be photocopied or scanned, and sent to you.

If you are a member of the BGSU community, you can place your request in Interlibrary Loan (ILL), the library's online request system. If you are not a local patron, contact your university's or public library's Interlibrary Loan office.

Well, there are plenty of great dictionaries and encyclopedias that are specific to music. We recommend trying Oxford Music Online first. As the name indicates, it's available online and contains the following encyclopedias and dictionaries in one search function:

  • Encyclopedia of Popular Music
  • Oxford Dictionary of Music
  • Oxford Companion to Music
  • Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
  • Grove Dictionary of Opera
  • Grove Dictionary of Jazz

Watch this quick video by Sam Cook at the University of Hartford for more information:

We have this in print and electronic formats. For the print version, look in the reference section (the silver shelves with the purple stripe) on the first full-sized row. The electronic version is included in Oxford Music Online, along with The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music.

The Oxford English Dictionary has IPA pronunciations, AND it's available online AND it even does etymology! (if you're off-campus, BGSU authentication is required)

CMS doesn't directly address this, but Jonathan Bellman's "Short Guide to Writing About Music" does! See the appendix for details on how to cite a number of music-specific sources not covered in CMS or other style guides.

Interlibrary Loan and OhioLINK

You sure can! There are a few different ways. We'll start with the simplest and escalate to the more complicated. The directions below apply not just to books, but to scores and sometimes recordings and videos as well. The fine rates for each of these vary, so be sure you return or renew these materials on time!

  1. OhioLINK. OhioLINK is a statewide consortium of 88 college & university libraries, along with the State Library of Ohio. Participating OhioLINK institutions have agreed to let members from other institutions borrow collections (mostly books and scores, but occasionally sound and video recordings, too).

    There are many services we get through OhioLINK, but let's focus on borrowing right now. There are a couple of ways to figure out if an institution in OhioLINK has the item you need. First, let's say you're looking in our own online catalog and don't find any results for the title you're trying to find. Click on the "Search OhioLINK" button at the top of your search results, and your search will be conducted again in the OhioLINK catalog. Or, you can go directly to the OhioLINK catalog to do your search if you've had no luck locally. If you find what you want, click on the item's title, consult the availability, and if there are copies that are "Available," click on the "Request" button. You'll need to log in with your BGSU user name and password. Your request will be submitted, and you'll get an email when the item arrives at BGSU. All users, regardless of status, get to borrow OhioLINK materials for 3 weeks at a time.

  2. Search Ohio. OhioLINK is extensive, but sometimes, there might be things that aren't owned even by all the libraries who participate. In such a case, your next step might be to place a request through Search Ohio, a consortium of several public library systems throughout the state. If you're looking for non-academic materials or sound and video recordings, you might have more success with Search Ohio than with OhioLINK.

    To find something in SearchOhio, either click the "Search Ohio" button at the top of your OhioLINK search results, or go directly to the Search Ohio catalog. As with OhioLINK, you'll need to sign in, and you'll get an email notification when your Search Ohio request arrives. Again, you'll be able to borrow these item(s) for 3 weeks.

  3. Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Interlibrary Loan (or ILL, as we say in libraries) is a service that allows users to borrow materials from libraries all over the country (and, occasionally, the world). For materials at libraries in Ohio, it's generally more efficient to use one of the two methods described above, but for materials from libraries outside of Ohio, ILL is the way to go. You might be asking yourself how you even know whether any library has the book or score you need if you can't find it in a local library. The simplest way to discover this is to look in WorldCat (sign in required off campus), a catalog of library contents from all over the world. Conduct your search using limits to help you narrow the results to specific format that you need. When you find something that looks useful, click on the item's title and assess the details to see if it's what you need. Underneath the "Get this item" heading, select "Request this item (ILL)." InterLibrary Loan (ILL) is the interface we use to request ILLs, and you'll need to set up an account rather than using your BGSU credentials. If you already know that an item you need is not available via BGSU or the above methods, you can go directly to InterLibrary Loan (ILL) to place a request, but you'll have to enter the information about the item(s) you're requesting in the form. Again, you'll get a message when the item arrives. Loan periods vary widely, so pay attention to that information when the item arrives.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is pretty much what sounds like. It is a system that provides library users with access materials from libraries that are not associated with each other.

How it Works:
You want an item, but alas, it is nowhere to be found at BGSU or in OhioLINK. Luckily, several other libraries in nearby states have it! But how do you get it? Here's how: you submit an online request for the item to your library's Interlibrary Loan office. Your request will then be sent to a library that owns and is willing to lend the item. They will then pull the item off of the shelves and mail it to your library. Once it arrives, you will be able borrow the item much as you would with your own library's materials. However, all libraries have different lending policies, so check with your local ILL office for more information or if you have trouble.

Bonus Tip:
Don't know how to go about finding books that aren't in the BGSU catalog or OhioLINK catalog? Try

You might find some institutions that lend CDs via OhioLINK, but be warned, many libraries (including BGSU) lend recordings only to local patrons, not to OhioLINK borrowers.

Books, scores, and other material from OhioLINK will be available for check out at the main circulation desk on the first floor.

For articles in journals that we don't own, you need to submit an ILL (that's Interlibrary Loan) request. From the main library page, click on "Borrowing," then follow the link marked, "Interlibrary Loan (ILL)" to set up an account (if you haven't already) and place your request.

You'll get an email message when the article is available.

There IS a way that non-local users can borrow books and scores in the music library: Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Head on over to your university or local public library (or browse their website) and ask about it!

How It Works:
Interlibrary Loan is pretty much what sounds like. You submit a request through your library's ILL office. Your request will then be sent to OUR library's ILL office, where we will pull and mail the book to your library. Once it arrives, you will likely be able borrow the item much as you would with your own library's materials. However, all libraries have different lending policies, so check with your local ILL office for more information.

WorldCat (short for World Catalog) is "the world's largest network of library content and services". Basically, it's hundreds of library catalogs from around the world combined into ONE MASSIVE CATALOG.

If you are looking for something that isn't in the BGSU library catalog or OhioLINK, a great place to look is in WorldCat. Perhaps you can borrow the item you're looking for through Interlibrary Loan.

Photocopying, printing and equipment

Yes, photocopying and printing is available on Floors 1-5 of the library. The costs for printing and photocopying on campus are:

$0.05 for a one side printed black and white page
$0.09 for a two side printed black and white page
$0.18 for a one side printed color page
$0.35 for a two side printed color page

In order to print or photocopy, you need your BGSU log-in information (same as what you would use for Blackboard), BGSU ID card, or a guest card.

Much like a courtesy card, a guest card is for Alumni and non-BGSU affiliated library users. It is a reusable card that allows you to make photocopies and print from library computers.

You can purchase and refill your guest card at the kiosk in front of the Main Circulation desk on the first floor of the library.

The costs for printing and photocopying on campus are:

$0.05 for a one side printed black and white page
$0.09 for a two side printed black and white page
$0.18 for a one side printed color page
$0.35 for a two side printed color page

If you have a BGSU ID card or a guest card, you can add money at the kiosk on the first floor of the library.

BGSU ID holders can also add money by using the BG1 tab in your MyBGSU account.

Parents or other family members can also make a guest deposit to your BG1 account for you.

Yes, we have 2, actually! For quick, low resolution copies, the Xerox photocopy machine allows you to scan to paper or to e-mail. For higher quality scans, use the Fujitsu Scansnap machine (it looks like E.T.!), attached to one of the computers across from the music service desk.

Yes, we do have the necessary equipment, and the library staff is happy to assist you in transferring your older formats to CD. However, due to time and staffing constraints, we are unable to complete transfers for the public. To ensure the equipment and recording space is available for use, please contact us ahead of time.

Sound recordings in the library and archives' collections are not available for copying.

Free Bins

Yes indeedy! And to be extra sure, all free items are designated with a neon green sticker that says "DISCARD". Look for it to know that you are grabbing the correct stuff.

The library is very fortunate to receive many sound recordings and other materials by generous donation. However, sometimes we already have one or more copies of the items donated. And other times the items donated don't quite fit in with the rest of our collection.

If we don't need them here in the library, we want to know that the records are still going to a good home. So, we make the items freely available in our bins and pass on the vinyl love!

There is no set time or day that the Free Bins are refilled. Our ability to refill the bins is merely based on a combination of opportunity and circumstance.

However, we do make announcements on the ML/BSSA Facebook, ML/BSSA Twitter and blog accounts as soon as the bins are refilled.

As soon as the Free Bins have been refilled, we makes announcements via the ML/BSSA Facebook, ML/BSSA Twitter and our blog. Just Like, follow or subscribe to your preferred method of news feed.

The Free Bins are located by the elevator doors in the Music Library, which is located on the 3rd floor of the Jerome Library on campus.

Alas, we no longer have an annual record sale, but we do have free bins now. When we get gifts that don't fit with our collection or that are duplicates of what we already have, we put them out in our free bins, located in the Music Library. Watch our Facebook page and blog for notices about when the bins are refilled, but beware - they often get emptied very quickly!

Relive the excitement of our last sale in 2010 with this video by BG alum Jeremy Frey: