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.
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CD collection on the move
For years, Deering Library’s Listening Center Lab has been home to more than 38,000 audio CDs. As part of the regular shifts of materials that help the Libraries maximize its space and its services, those CDs have now been relocated in the Margaret Mitchell Multimedia Center
on the second floor of University Library.
These CDs can still be located in the catalog using NUsearch
or by inquiring at either the Multimedia Center or the Music Library service desk. More than 1,700 student performances recorded on these CDs have been digitized are available online.