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Explore the Collection

The Northwestern University Music Library has a broad collection that includes books, scores, sound recordings, and databases that support the many needs of both students and faculty of the Bienen School of Music, as well as the entire Northwestern community. The Music Library's collections cover all historical periods, with particular strength in twentieth-century music. Our mission is to collect as comprehensively as possible all Western art music written since 1945. Collection highlights include:

Circulating and Reference Collections
Rare Books, Scores, Archival and Manuscript Collections
Access and use of rare books, scores, archival and manuscript collections is available to Northwestern students, faculty, staff and visiting researchers via the McCormick Library of Special Collections and University Archives. For optimal service, appointments are encouraged prior to visiting. Contact the McCormick Library at to get started.