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Guide for finding resources relating to music.

Finding Books & Scores

For more help, see our guides to Books and Electronic Resources.

Instrumentation Indexes

Print Books & Scores


The Music Library contains over 32,000 books dealing with all aspects of music, including music history, music theory, music education, biographies of musicians and composers, and so forth. All books in the Music Library are classified according to the Library of Congress classification system.

  • ML - books on literature of music (i.e., biography, history, etc.)
  • MT - books dealing with musical instruction, analysis, or theory

The David Walker Collection is a special collection of books devoted to music education. This collection is located across from the elevator on the first floor.


Almost 40,000 scores are housed in the Music Library. These include vocal and orchestral scores, chamber music, music for solo instruments, and popular and folk music.

Try searching for scores using Preferred Titles. Libraries give pieces of music preferred titles so that a single search can find every version of the piece. Preferred titles (aka, uniform titles) are helpful because musical works could have: 

  • Titles in multiple languages (Brandenburgh Concertos vs. Brandenburgische Konzerte)
  • Form titles and numbers (Sonata No. 3)
  • Well-known but unofficial descriptive titles (Moonlight Sonata)
  • Collective titles (Songs, Works, etc.)

For a more on Preferred Titles, see this handy guide from the Indiana University Music Library.

For parts for ensembles of 10 or more instruments, contact Thomas Lee in the Aaron Copland School of Music.

Call Numbers & Locations

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, Laptops
  • Reserves
  • Storage 
  • X (rare books and scores)

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 Symphony No. 1