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Among the largest music collections in the U.S., the Northwestern University Music Library has an unmatched strength in 20th century and contemporary classical music, and holds at least one copy of nearly every new score published since 1945. Its more than 300,000 volumes of books, scores, sound recordings, and journals also include collections of original manuscripts and correspondence, notably, the John Cage collection, which documents the life and work of the 20th century’s most revolutionary composer.

News and Announcements

New Playback Equipment in the Listening Center

Library users will be happy to see new equipment in the Music Library Listening Center. Now, nearly all formats of sound recordings can be used in newly equipped carrels allowing library patrons to control the equipment themselves. Listening to open reel tapes is still mediated by LC staff, but CDs, records, cassettes and DAT may now be used in the new listening stations without the need for LC staff help.

John Cage Research Grant Awarded

winner photoThe recipient of the John Cage Research Grant for 2016-17 has been chosen. Dr. Philip Thomas (Huddersfield), with Dr. Martin Iddon and Dr. Emily Payne: “John Cage and the Concert for Piano and Orchestra.”

 This annual competitive grant, established in 2013, promotes the study of John Cage’s music, art, ideas and life through the use of the Music Library’s John Cage Collection. Over the coming year, the grant will support one project; funds can be used to support travel, local accommodations and other costs associated with use of the collection. Learn more about the John Cage Research Grant.

Music Library Book Drop Out of Service

Renovations to Deering are underway! A fence will soon be installed around the exterior work zone. This means the ML book drop is out of service. There are additional book drops on campus: outside the Main Library entrance, and just North of Locy Hall in the Fisk Hall parking lot. All Music Library materials may be returned to the Main Library circulation desk.

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