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.
Our notable collections include:
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Catalogs & Databases
Access MaterialsUse NUsearch, our online catalog, to search the books, scores and recordings held in the Music Library and other NU libraries. During Fall 2020, materials are available for pickup or delivery.