Music Circulation

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Patrons wishing to borrow materials must have a valid Northwestern University identification card (WildCard) or obtain a Borrower's Card. See the Northwestern University Library's circulation policies for more information.

Most materials are lent under the following terms:

  • NU students and staff: 12 weeks
  • NU faculty: 1 year
  • Guests: 4 weeks

Exceptions: Some materials are limited to use in the library or are available to faculty only for an abbreviated lending period. Such restrictions are listed below:

Type of Material
Undergraduates, Graduate Students, Staff, & Guests
Reference Books Library Use Only Library Use Only
Monument Scores & Collected Editions (M2s & M3s) Library Use Only Up to 3 Days

Sound Recordings* (CDs only)

Students & Staff: 14 days
Guests & Alumni: Library Use Only

14 Days
NU Performance Recordings Library Use Only Library Use Only
Rare Materials, Manuscripts, & Special Collections Library Use Only; By Appointment Library Use Only; By Appointment

* LPs circulate to faculty only for 14 days


Music Materials in Remote Storage:

At present, a very limited amount of music is now held in the Oak Grove Library Center (OGLC). Materials housed in the OGLC may be requested using the following online forms:

Request a book or score

Request a scan of an article or book chapter


CD Circulation Policy

The majority of the CD collection is available to circulate to the Northwestern community. Some individual CDs and CD sets will remain "room use only."

  • For Students:

Up to 5 CDs may be checked-out for a loan period of 2 weeks.  Overdue items will be charged a $10 fee, and lost items will be assessed and additional $50 fine.  Courtesy notices will be sent 2 days prior to the charge due date. Sorry, no renewals.

  • For Faculty:

Up to 10 CDs may be checked-out for a loan period of 2 weeks.  CDs are available for delivery to faculty offices

  • For alumni and community members:

At this time, CDs will NOT circulate to alumni or members of the non-NU community, with exceptions made for those belonging to an institution with which NU maintains a formal reciprocal borrowing agreement.

Please note:

  • CDs should be returned to the Music Library Listening Center. Please refrain from using the drop boxes as CDs can be irreparably damaged.
  • CDs will not be loaned via ILL at this time.
  • Archival recordings of NU performances are not included in this policy and remain room use only
  • LPs and other sound recording formats are not included in this policy, and remain room use only (faculty may continue to charge out LPs)