The Claire T. Carney Library has an excellent collection of music related books on the 3rd floor.
You're welcome (and encouraged) to browse books in person, but you also can plan ahead and see what our library and other libraries have from wherever you are (not to mention get access to ebooks). This page will help you with all of these approaches to finding books.
If there's a book you're interested in that we don't have, see the Interlibrary Loan tab for information on how to get it!
Here's a quick guide on how to read call numbers in our library (and most other academic libraries).
The first line is read in alphabetical order.
Read the second line in numerical order.
The third line is tricky. Read the letter in alphabetical order then the number as a decimal.
Sometimes the fourth line will look like this and you read it exactly like the other line.
When you see a line near the bottom that looks like a year, it is a year! This goes in numerical order.
You could think of a call number like a detailed address in reverse: planet, country, state, city, street, street number. Each line helps you narrow down the book's exact location!
Use the search box below to run a quick search for books, or use the advanced search page to limit your material type to books prior to searching.
Attributed to Neri da Rimini, Leaf from an Antiphonary, 1300-1325, tempera, ink, and gold on parchment,
20 5/16 x 14 15/16" (51.6 x 38 cm), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/leaf-from-an-antiphonary-53389.
Our library uses the Library of Congress Call Number Classification System to organize our books. If you know a little bit about what the call numbers stand for, you can browse the stacks more efficiently.
Here are some relevant call numbers for Music students and what they represent.
M - Music
M 1.A5-3.3 - Collections
M 5-1480 - Instrumental music
M 1495-2199 - Vocal music
ML - Literature on music
ML 47-54.8 - Librettos. Texts. Scenarios.
ML 159-3785 - History and criticism
ML 3790-3792 - Music trade
ML 3795 - Music as a profession. Vocational guidance.
ML 3797-3799.5 - Musical research
ML 3800-3923 - Philosophical and societal aspects of music. Physics and acoustics of music. Physiological aspects of music.
MT – Instruction and study
MT 5.5-7 – Music theory
MT 40-67 – Composition. Elements and techniques of music
MT 68 – Improvisation. Accompaniment. Transposition
MT 70-74 – Instrumentation and orchestration
MT 75 – Interpretation
MT 90-146 – Analysis and appreciation of musical works
MT 170-810 – Instrumental techniques
MT 820-915 – Singing and vocal techniques
MT 955-956 – Musical theater
MT 960 – Music in the theater
Click here to see a more thorough explanation of the Music call numbers.