Music Library


Monday-Thursday: 9-11AM, 1-5 PM, 7-11 PM
Friday: 9-11 AM, 1-5 PM
Saturday: 1-5 PM

Our music library contains copious musical materials for your use, including:

  • Commercial CDs
  • Cassettes and CDs of Houghton College recitals and concert events
  • Collected works (call number MUSIC COL WK in online catalog)
  • Music reference materials (There are copies of these sources and more in the reference area of the main library as well.)
  • Printed music (Similar types of music are grouped together, by type of composition, number of instruments, sacred vs. secular, etc.)
  • Vinyl recordings

Circulation Policy

Only printed music and videos circulate to all students.  Sound recordings (CD and LP) circulate to faculty/staff and to graduate students.   Undergraduate students are welcome to browse the shelves for CDs and to use them on music library premises.  College ID needed to check out music or use music reserve materials.  Overdue charges are $0.10/day.  Renewals are possible if the need arises.

Printed music:  Circulates for 2 weeks

Videos:  3 days

Because of the way computers are configured, the music library cannot check in items from the main library.  Please return main library materials to that location.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan services on printed music are available to music library patrons.  Neither videos nor sound recordings can be requested; most other institutions do not make them eligible for ILL.  Verify publication information (as well as opus numbers, key signatures, which instruments are involved, whether you need a score AND individual parts, etc.) of your score using WorldCat (available as one of the links off the Houghton library website, Online Resources page) and then email Elizabeth Oakerson or Bradley Wilber to ensure that we don’t already have a comparable item in our existing collection.  The OCLC Accession Number at the bottom of your WorldCat search record is helpful.

Listening Room Policy

We encourage the entire Houghton community to make use of the music library for all types of musical experiences, mainly hearing recordings as preparation for assignments, exams, class discussion, recitals, or ensemble rehearsals, etc.

All music library personnel, including student workers, are well within their rights to ask listening room users to vacate if conduct or time limits become an issue.  Do not use the rooms for a place to hang out with friends or your significant other.

Food and drink are not permitted in the listening rooms, or anywhere else in the music library.

Music Reserves

Reserve items (set aside by faculty members for use by an entire class) must be requested at the music library circulation desk (a staff member will retrieve them for you).  College ID is necessary to borrow reserve materials, to be used on music library premises or a two-hour period.  You may only have wo music library reserve items on your card at one time.

From time to time, professors request that books from the main library collection be given reserve status.  Those items remain at the main library and must be requested there.

Searching the Online Catalog

No matter which numbering system applies, it’s best to go beyond browsing and check out our holdings using the online catalog. To search the library online catalog, visit the library collection search page.  If you still cannot find what you are looking for, ask a music library staffer.

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