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.
  • See the  for more info.
  • NOTE: Music books with call numbers M1-M6 and ML-MT (i.e.: composers’ collected works, music theory, technique, ethnomusicology, etc.) are shelved in the Main Collection 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 catalog.

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 specifically for an LP, see the FAQ on finding vinyl records.

Listening Stations in the Music Collection:

The Music Collection room also contains listening stations with turntables that play vinyl records or CDs. Please use headphones at all times.  Headphones can be checked out at the Circulation Desk.  

More listening and viewing rooms are available in the Media Resources Center. Ask at the Circulation Desk for access to a listening room.

The Music Collection is a Group Study Area, but please be mindful of your peers when you use this room and always use headphones at a moderate/reasonable volume when listening to music.

Make a Recommendation

The Music Collection is built on your suggestions! 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.