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Music Research: Books & Scores

Research Guide for Music

Find Music Books @ Ryan Library

Search for books and scores in the Library's catalog, WorldCat. Music scores are shelved alongside books on music on the Upper Floor of the Library, though large scores are kept on the music stand near the 780 section. Print books on music are found in the below call number ranges on the Upper Level of Ryan Library:

780 Music

781 General principles & musical forms

782 Vocal music

783 Music for single voices

784 Instruments & Instrumental ensembles & their music

785 Ensembles with only one instrument per part

786 Keyboard, mechanical, electrophonic, percussion instruments

787 Stringed instruments (Chordophones)

788 Wind instruments (Aerophones)

A few things you should know:

  • For books found in Ryan Library, the check out period is 3 weeks for students, with an option to renew for an additional 3 weeks.
  • For books borrowed through InterLibrary Loan, loan periods and renewal availability vary depending on the owning library's policies.
  • You can renew books online by logging in and using the "My Library Account" link in the upper right of the screen.

Access ebooks

Ryan Library subscribes to thousands of eBooks through two different ebook collections:

  • Ebook Central: This exciting collection of scholarly ebooks provides access to over 140,000 scholarly and reference books, including many award-winning titles. Users can create a "bookshelf" to organize their own content. This collection is integrated into WorldCat, or may be searched separately using Ebook Central link.
  • EBSCO ebooks: This collection provides full-text access to hundreds of digital version of books on a variety of subjects.