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Research Guides

Location of Materials

  • Music Library is the primary location for music materials, and they are housed on two floors.
  • The following materials are located upstairs:
    • Scores with the exception of oversize scores 
    • Books from A to ML299 (with the exception of journals, ML1 and ML5)
    • Rare books and scores (Staff will page the item for you)
  • The following materials are located downstairs stacks and Listening Center
    • Books from ML300 to Z
    • Journals (bound and unbound) - ML1 and ML5
    • Sound and video recordings
  • Materials located off-site are indicated in the online catalog. 
  • Electronic resources may be found on the Music Research Guide.
  • Microform collections (of music scores and books) are in the Microforms-Newspapers Section.
  • Undergraduate books on popular music books are located at Odegaard Undergraduate Library.
  • Some books on musical theater are at the Drama Library.
  • Technical materials on acoustics and engineering are at the Engineering Library and the Built Environment Library.
  • Some books on music therapy and medical aspects of music are at the Health Sciences Library.
  • Older editions and some foreign language books on music are at the Allen Library. 
  • Archival Collections and some music manuscripts are in Special Collections - Musicians' letters and other textual manuscripts, historical files of the School of Music and autograph scores of some faculty composers. (Note that music rare books and scores are in the Music Library).
  • School of Music concert recordings should be paged from the Music Library.
  • Recordings of popular music (especially from the Puget Sound), and films are in the Media Center (Suzzallo Library, 3rd floor).
  • Ethnomusicology field recordings are housed at the Ethnomusicology Archive at the School of Music.
  • Bothell and Tacoma libraries also collect music media materials as well as some books on music.