William Schuman Music Library



Media Inquiries

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.

To find Music Library items in the  library catalog , simply select "Music Library" under "Held By Library"  before performing your search.

Hours of Operation

Winter Break & Spring Semester

January 2022
Tuesday Jan. 4- Tuesday Jan. 25 By Appointment Only, Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. 
Contact us to arrange an appointment. Appointments must be confirmed in advance.
Wednesday January 26 Regular hours resume.

Regular Hours
Monday-Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday Closed

General Information


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


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

Circulation Policies

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.


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.


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.

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