Course Reserves

Access music and dance course reserves here

Music Library staff handle course reserve requests for music and dance classes. We can place tangible items on reserve, as well as processing files for electronic reserve, including audio files. Please visit the CUL course reserves web page or contact a Music Library staff member at for assistance.


Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan

Requests: Use Borrow Direct or Interlibrary Loan to request materials not held at Cornell; materials held at the Library Annex can be sent to the Cornell Library of your choice or will be scanned and sent to you electronically.


Purchase Requests

You may suggest materials for purchase online.

Or, you may contact us at To help expedite your request, please enter as complete a citation as possible (title, author, year, publisher, etc). You will be contacted by a librarian regarding your request.


Research Assistance

Music Library staff are available to offer assistance throughout your research process. Visit the Music Reference desk or send an e-mail to to set up an appointment.


Instruction Sessions and Tours

To schedule an instruction session or class tour, contact Lenora Schneller or Tracey Snyder.


Billing/Account Questions

If you have questions about music materials on your account or questions about billings, please contact the Music Library reference desk staff at



To request reproductions of Music Library materials, please submit your request online. All requests are reviewed by a Music Library staff member and are subject to Copyright and Fair Use.



The Music Library provides three laptop computers for use in the library. Ask about availability at the Music Library circulation desk. Laptops are available on a first-come/first-served basis and have a 3-hour loan period. Renewals are permitted.


Public Workstations

Public workstations in the music library provide full productivity software (Microsoft Office, etc.) and Internet access. In addition, the 15 workstations in the listening/viewing area provide networked access to Sibelius music notation software.


Listening and Viewing

The Music Library maintains a reference collection of audio-visual materials, housed in closed stacks. Circulation staff will page materials for you and you may borrow headphones at the circulation desk to use in the listening/viewing area. The area includes playback equipment for CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, LPs, 45s, 78s, audio cassettes, and VHS tapes.


Group Study

The Music Library has a small room available on a first-come/first-served basis. The room can accommodate 6-8 people. Please stop by or call (255-4011) the reference desk to inquire about availability.



The Music Library has several day-use lockers. You will need a quarter to remove the key; your quarter will be returned when you return the key. The lockers may not be used for overnight or long-term storage.

Locking cabinets for longer-term storage also are available, although Music Department graduate students without office space receive priority for using the cabinets.  Ask about availability at the reference desk.


Study Carrels

The Music Library has a number of study carrels located throughout the facility. The carrels are available on a first-come/first-served basis and may not be reserved.


Microphones and Recorders


Samson Go Mic USB Microphone

A very small, high-quality single-channel USB microphone that can clip to a laptop or rest on a desk. Useful for podcasting, music recording, etc. Mac or PC, no drivers required. Has built-in headphone jack for monitoring.  


Sony PCM-D50

Can record CD-quality or higher resolution digital audio, up to 96 kHz/24-bit. Has built-in, two-position (X-Y or Wide) stereo microphones and 4 GB of internal flash memory. The recorder includes a USB port for downloading files to Windows PC or Macintosh computers. Also features digital pitch control, dual digital limiter, low-cut filter, A-B repeat and MP3 playback capability (but not mp3 recording). Comes with USB cable, power adapter, and manual.

Zoom H4n Digital Audio Recorder

Features built-in X/Y stereo mics (easily set to either 90 or 120 degrees) and two XLR/TRS inputs for connecting mics, instruments, and line level devices. Capable of recording high resolution digital audio up to 24-bit/96kHz. Recorder comes with SD card, power adaptor, plastic case, USB cable, simple instruction sheet and full user's manual.


Printer, Photocopier, and Scanners


The Music Library has one Net-Print printer. (Net-Print requires an account.)

If you require large-format or cash printing, please consult a staff member at the Music Library’s reference desk.


The Music Library has one Ricoh multi-function photocopier/scanner. The copier accepts cash or copy cards. Copy cards cost $1.00 and may be purchased from the card dispenser near the photocopier; value may be added to the card at the dispenser.

Scanning prices:

  • Scanning to a USB flash drive and sending scans to an email account are free

Black and white copies prices:

  • 8.5 x 11: $0.10 per copy with a card; $0.15 per copy with cash
  • 11 x 17: $0.20 per copy with a card; $0.30 per copy with cash

Color copies prices:

  • 8.5 x 11: $0.25 per copy with a card; $0.30 per copy with cash
  • 11 x 17: $0.50 per copy with a card; $0.60 per copy with cash


Public scanning is available using the Ricoh multi-function photocopier scanner and the Zeutschel Zeta overhead scanner.