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The University Library houses various formats of musical materials, including: 

  • Reference books, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, indices, and bibliographies - located in the Music section on the second floor.
  • Books - located on both floors of the library. Most circulating books are on the second floor of the library.
  • Scores - located on the second floor of the library in the main stacks.  
  • Sound Recordings - CDs (compact discs) and LPs are located past the Circulation Desk on the main floor, in the AV Room.  
  • Videorecordings - DVDs are located past the Circulation Desk on the main floor, in the AV Room.

You can search for all materials using the Library Catalog.

The Library also provides the following facilities and services relating to music:

  • Computer Workstations  located on the main floor of the Library.
  • Copiers  - located past the Circulation Desk.  Copiers are now connected to the Papercut print managment system.
  • Microfilm Reader-Printers - located immediately before the Copy Room. 
  • Listening/Viewing Room - located along the edges of the AV Room.
  • Personal Audio Headsets - can be obtained at the Circulation Desk. 
  • Reference & Research Assistance - book a research help session with a Librarian.

LC Classifications

The University Library uses the Library of Congress Classification Scheme (LC) to determine the location of its materials.  The LC system is an alpha-numeric system.  This means that the call numbers contain letters and numbers.  The letters tell the user the general subject matter of the material; the numbers provide more specific information about the material.

M = Music or Scores

ML = Music Literature and/or Music History

MT = Music Theory and Pedagogy

Below are some important range designations for MUSIC in the LIBRARY of CONGRESS system:

M 1.A1-5000   MUSIC SCORES

M 2-2.3   Collections of Musical Sources, including Monuments

M 3-3.1   Collected works of individual composers


M 6-175         Solo instruments

M 177-990      Music for two or more solo instruments

M 180-298.5      Duets

M 300-386         Trios

M 400-486         Quartets

M 500-586         Quintets

M 600-686         Sextets

M 700-786         Septets

M 800-886         Octets

M 900-986         Nonets and larger combinations of purely chamber music

M 990               Chamber music for instruments of the 18th century and earlier

M 1000-1075            Orchestra

M 1100-1160            String orchestra

M 1200-1269            Band

M 1366                     Jazz ensembles

M 1376-1420            Instrumental music for children

M 1473                     Electronic music

M 1497-5000   VOCAL MUSIC

M 1497-1998         Secular vocal music

M 1500-1527.8         Dramatic music (including operas and musicals)

M 1611-1624.8         Songs for one (1) voice

M 1627-1853            National music

M 1990-1998            Secular music for children (useful for music education)

M 1999-2199      Sacred vocal music

M 2000-2007         Oratorios

M 2101-2114.8      Songs for one (1) voice

M 2115-2146         Hymnals


ML 48-54.8         Librettos

ML 100-109         Dictionaries & encyclopedias

ML 111-158         Bibliography

ML 159-3797      History & criticism

ML 385-429        Biography

ML 430-455        Composition

ML 460-1354      Instruments & instrumental music

ML 1100-1165         Chamber music

ML 1200-1270         Orchestral music

ML 1300-1354         Band music

ML 1400-3275      Vocal music

ML 1500-1554         Choral music

ML 1600-2881         Secular vocal music

ML 2900-3275         Sacred vocal music


MT 6-7                   Music Theory

MT 40-67               Composition

MT 70-71              Orchestra & orchestration

MT 73                  Band & instrumentation for band

MT 90-145            Analytical guides

MT 170-810         Instrumental techniques

MT 728                  Chamber music instruction & study

MT 730                  Orchestral music instruction & study

MT 733-733.6         Band instruction & study

MT 740-810         Instruction & study for children

MT 820-949      Singing & voice culture