Materials from our collection are located in the Music Library and Deering Library. Use item's call number, which is listed in the table below, to find its physical location. Note that access to some items from our rare and archival collections must be scheduled in advance. Learn about requesting access to rare materials.
|M||Scores||Score stacks (enter from Reading Room)|
|M 2-3, Mini, Oversize||Scores||Reading Room shelving|
|ML||Books (music literature)||Books stacks, 1st floor Deering (enter from Deering/Main hallway)|
|ML REF||Books (reference)||Reading Room reference area|
|ML 1-5||Periodicals (current issues)||Reading Room shelving|
|ML 1-5||Periodicals (past issues)||Off site; request through NUseach|
|MT||Books (music instruction)||Books stacks, 1st floor Deering (enter from Deering/Main hallway)|
|CD||Compact Disc||Ask at Reading Room desk|
|ST||Phonograph "record"||Request through NUsearch|
|LP||Phonograph "record"||Request through NUsearch|
|T-0250||NU recording||Ask at Reading Room Circulation Desk|
|RARE||All materials||Closed shelving (ask at Reading Room Circulation Desk)|
|DISS 378||Music dissertations||
Remote storage (request via online form)
Music materials in other library locations
- University Archives holds collections of composers and musicians who are alumni, former faculty or otherwise affiliated with Northwestern University.
- The McCormick Library of Special Collections holds rare music scores and books, archival collections and other music materials.
- Some older circulating music books, scores and bound periodicals are stored in the library's high-density storage facility, the Oak Grove Library Center. Materials may be requested via NUsearch and are usually delivered within 24 hours.
- The Mitchell Multimedia Center has filmed productions of operas and other musical performances and documentaries available for checkout on DVD.