A Guide to Finding Library Resources Related to Music

Welcome to the Music Research Guide!

This research guide will give you general information about finding library resources related to music, including music books, scores, CDs, videos, music online resources, listening/viewing equipment, Finale computers, recording studio workstations, and other resources. While much of our music collections support the Department of Music curriculum, we also strive to maintain a full range of music resources for the larger University community and for the general public.

If you need assistance finding music resources, contact Drew Beisswenger, Performing Arts Librarian, at, or Stephanie Guenther, Multimedia Supervisor, at can even set up a Research Consultation, where we can meet with you for an extended period to help you with your research project. For many questions, you will find assistance by visiting or calling the Mullins Help Desk, by exploring Ask a Librarian, and by looking at other options at Instruction and Research Support.

Where to Find Music in the Library

Items In the Stacks

  • Scores and books are usually on the first level of Mullins Library in the "M" classification area
  • Music journals are on the main level behind Multimedia Services
  • Sound recordings (CDs, LPs, etc.) and videos (DVDs, VHSs, etc.) are in storage, but quickly retrievable
  • Music reference books are on the main level with other reference books
  • Use Library Catalog to find specific locations.

Online Resources

  • These includes ebooks, e-scores, sound recordings, videos, journals, databases, reference works, and other music resources
  • Online resources are described throughout this research guide, and also in the "Resources in Music" Libraries website
  • Also use the Library Catalog to locate online music resources

Reserves Materials

  • If your professor tells you to locate course materials that are on reserve in the Libraries, use the "Course Reserves" tab in the Main Libraries website
  • In many cases you will find links to these materials on the course's Blackboard site
  • Reserve items might be online, or they might be kept at the Mullins Help Desk or Multimedia Services

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Storage Retrieval

  • You will be notified through email when items requested through Interlibrary loan (ILL) items or retrieved from storage can be picked up
  • They can be picked up at the main Mullins Help Desk or at Multimedia Services


  • To use equipment, including computers, players in all formats, copying software, recording software, and more, go to Multimedia Services