The Music Collection, located through the glass doors on the first floor of the Library, houses the Library’s CDs, LP (vinyl) records, and music scores.
What’s in the Music Collection:
- Scores with call numbers M7-M5000 are shelved in the Music Collection. Some scores are also available through some of our online databases.
- The Library’s LP (vinyl) collection
- The Library’s CD collection
- A subset of 4,000 CDs in our collection were donated to Purchase College Library by David Byrne of Talking Heads fame.
- NOTE: Scores with call numbers M1-M6 (Music Monuments, or composers’ collected works) , and items labelled ML-MT (music theory, technique, ethnomusicology, etc.) are shelved in the Main Stacks on the lower level.
How to find specific resources in the Music Collection:
To search for a particular CD or score, search for the title, musician, or composer in the Library Discovery Search.
You can limit your results to CDs by using the options in the left column of the catalog. Keep in mind, if you limit to CDs only, you won’t be able to see any LPs or sheet music in your results, just CDs.
To search for an LP, see the FAQ on finding records: https://purchase.libanswers.com/faq/36766
To search for scores, consult the “Scores” tab on our Music Libguide.
Listening Stations in the Music Collection:
The Music Collection room contains listening stations with turntables that play vinyl records. Please use headphones at all times. Headphones can be checked out at the Circulation Desk.
The Music Collection is a Group Study Area, but please be mindful of your peers and always use headphones at a moderate/reasonable volume when listening to music.
Make a Recommendation
If you would like us to purchase a particular item or series, please let us know! Fill out the recommendation form and we will do our best to accommodate your request.