William Schuman Music Library



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Spring 2021

The Music Library will be closed spring semester, but we will continue offering all library services through remote access. If you need a score, cd, or book from the Music Library, please find the item in the Library Catalog and click the "Place Hold" button. We will retrieve the item and it will be held for you at the Main Library. You will be notified by email when the item is ready for pickup. If you need additional help please contact the Circulation Department.


General Information

The William Schuman Music Library collects books, vocal scores, instrumental music, CD’s, LP’s, and other works used for music instruction and study. Literature about music is also shelved in the Main Library. Presently, the collection totals over 20,000 items including almost 6,000 books on music, 9,000 scores, and over 5,300 sound and visual recordings.

Students who want to meet with a Research Services Librarian about their music project(s) can book a consultation online, or via e-mail.


The William Schuman Music Library is located on the main floor of the Marshall Field Music Building

Listening Facilities

  • 6 Mac Pro computers equipped with Sibelius and Finale
  • 2 Compact Disc players
  • 2 Double Cassette players
  • 2 Single Cassette players
  • 2 Turntables

Circulation Policy

Music Library books and scores have the same circulation policy as items in the Esther Raushenbush Library. Sound recordings, which include compact discs and LPs, are lent for a week at a time. Patrons who do not return CDs or reserves in a timely fashion will be blocked, with notice. Reference materials may be used in the Music Library only.


The Music Reserve Collection is maintained in order to provide equal access for all students to required course materials. Accordingly, music reserves circulate for a limited time, usually 3 hours. Overnight privileges are granted if the checkout time is within 3 hours of library closing. Students who borrow do so with an understanding that these materials must be available to all class members over a relatively short period of time and therefore must agree to return any items at the end of the loan period.