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A listing of some basic reference works, databases, and Web sites for research in music and its many related fields, with an invitation to browse and discover other resources in print and online.


The David W. Howe Memorial Library invites you to discover some of its musical treasures!

Library Locations for Music

  • 1st Floor of Howe: Media Collections (DVDs, VHS video, CDs). Lots of great lists!
    Our collection of online sound recording includes the following:
  1. Music online: American music
  2. Music online: Classical music library
  3. Music online: Contemporary world music
  4. Music online: Jazz music library
  5. Music online: Popular music library
  6. Music online: Smithsonian global music sound for libraries
  • 1st Floor: Reference Collection. Look for call numbers beginning with M, ML & MT. Please note the Library Use Only status of these books.
  • 2nd Floor: Periodicals, Microfilm and -fiche. Current issues (less than 1 yr. old) of periodicals are filed separately from back issues.
  • 3rd Floor: Music scores, biography (ML410), history, theory, instruction, and more. Many scores are shelved as QUARTO volumes (oversized), so if you're browsing be sure not to miss this section.

Note: If we don't have what you're looking for, we can usually order it or borrow it from another library. Click on Library Links (left column) to learn more about either of these options.

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James Barickman
Rm 009
Howe Library
Subjects: Music