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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

Temporary stacks closure

Beginning June 3 through mid-October, the Music Library stacks will undergo a thorough cleaning. During this time, the stacks will remain closed to patrons. Scores shelved in the Reading Room will remain available for browsing.

UPDATE: Starting on July 29 there will be no access to the music books and scores housed in the Music Library stacks. This closure will last approximately six weeks, until September 5, when paging will resume. During this time, we encourage you to utilize our great network of partner institution collections via Interlibrary loan. To place a request, sign in to your account in NUsearch and click "request" on the item record.

All Music Library rare collections including the John Cage Collection are unavailable for onsite use June 3 through mid-October. Please contact music library staff at for more information.

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