Music Collections

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The Music Library collects materials that support the instruction, research, study, and performing needs of students and faculty of the Bienen School of Music and the entire Northwestern community.  Books, scores, sound recordings, electronic databases, and other materials of all historical periods, genres, and traditions are collected at the research level.

The Northwestern University Music library has an important collection of twentieth-century music. Our mission is to collect as comprehensively as possible all Western art music written since 1945. In addition, many of our special collections are related to music of the twentieth-century.
Our full collection development policy is available by follwing the link below:
Music Special Collections – click here for more information
Finding Music Library Materials
NUsearch – Our online catalog is used to look for books scores, and recordings held in the Music Library and other NU libraries.
Guide to Music Library Collections
Call Number
 M 2-3
Score stacks, enter from Reading Room
Kept in shelving in Reading Room
Books  (music literature)
Books stacks, 1st floor Deering, enter from hallway connecting Deering and Main
Books  (reference)
Reference area of Reading Room
ML 1-5
Reading Room, both current and back issues
Books  (music instruction)
Books stacks, 1st floor Deering, enter from hallway connecting Deering and Main
Compact Disc
Listening Center – ask at desk
Phonograph "record"
Listening Center – ask at desk
Phonograph "record"
Listening Center – ask at desk
NU recording
Listening Center – ask at desk
All materials
Closed shelving – ask at Reading Room circ desk
DISS 378 Music dissertations

Remote storage - request online

Library of Congress Classification – This guide gives a complete breakdown of all music call numbers.
WorldCat – Search for and request materials in other libraries
Make a Purchase Request – Let us know what else we should add to our collection.