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Books & Scores

Guide for finding resources relating to music.

Finding Books & Scores

Finding Books, Scores, and Recordings in the Music Library

Once you have found what you need, go to the appropriate section of the Music Library.

Main Floor (2nd floor) Map


Lower Level (1st floor) Map

Stacks: all circulating books and scores
M and Miniature (along walls and near the elevator)
ML (the shelves directly in front of the stairs)
MT (the shelves near the listening stations)
David Walker Collection (facing the elevator)


Ask for the following at Circulation Desk

  • Circ CD, CD, Schwarz CD, DVD, Vid, LP, iPod
  • Reserves
  • Storage 

Look for the call number within the appropriate section.

  • Call numbers are shelved in alphabetical and numerical order.
M 22 B11 I7
M 23 S15 A4
M 452 C78 M9
M 1001 M93 C8
M 1500 B44 N1
M 1503 W12 R3
ML 50 V48 A3  
ML 160 G872 2006  
ML 410 B42 B84 1995
ML 410 B42 T9  
ML 1711 G83 1988  
ML 3797.1 M877 1992  


Subclasses for Music: M Music scores
  ML Literature on Music
  MT Musical Instruction and Study


Harper-Scott, J. P. E. Edward Elgar, Modernist.
      Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
ML literature on music
410 composer's biography
E41 Edward Elgar
H37 J.P.E. Harper-Scott (author of book)
2006 date of publication
Brahms, Johannes. Symphony No. 1. New
     York: M. Baron, [no date].
Miniature location
M miniature score
1001 orchestral work (full score)
B8 Johannes Brahms
S91 Sympony No. 1

Basic Search

  • In the CUNY Catalogtype your search terms into the search window. (Special characters, such as a,-"" are not allowed.) For example, to find Charles Rosen's book The Romantic Generation, type in "Rosen romantic generation."
  • select Queens College or All CUNY Libraries

  • Hit "Search"
  • Scroll through the results, which are listed from most recent to oldest.
  • Click on the item you want. You can click on the title of the item or the name of the location (e.g., "Queens Music," "Graduate Center," etc.). 

  • You will need both the call number and location to find the item. 
  • "On shelf" means that the item not checked out and should be on the shelf. If the item is checked out, a due date will appeared in the "Due Date" column.


Requesting Non-Queens College CUNY Books

  • If you are searching all CUNY schools and find a book you need, click on "Request" and follow the directions to have the book delivered to the Queens College main library. (This will not work for scores or recordings.)

Advanced Search (Useful for searching for scores and recordings!)

To restrict your search to books, scores, or recordings, select "Advanced Search" in the CUNY Catalog.

  • Type in your search terms (e.g., Brahms symphon*) and select your desired format
    • Hint: to capture different spellings of a term (e.g., symphony, symphonies, symphonia, etc.) use an asterisk (*) after the last shared letter in the term (e.g., symphon*)
  • Click "Search"
  • Then click on the number after "View Results"

Scroll through the results and select the item you need. Click on "Queens Music" for the call number and location.

To search for items outside of CUNY, go to WorldCat.

Type in your search terms and click on "search."


Scroll through the results and/or select the format you need from the tabs.


Click on "Libraries Worldwide" to see what libraries own the item.


Request items you would like to consult via InterLibrary!

Can't find the article online or in print at Queens College? Request it via Inter-Library Loan!

  • Go to the Inter-Library Loan webpage or click on “InterLibrary Loan” on the “Services” menu of the Queens College Libraries homepage.


  • Logon to ILLiad. If you do not have an ILLiad account, follow the directions to create one. NOTE: You must have a Queens College email address to open an ILLiad account.
  • Click on the appropriate request form. Fill it out completely using information from WorldCat and submit. You will be notified by email when the item arrives.