Where can you find digital versions of liner notes?
Check out the University Libraries subscriptions to a number of streaming databases that include digital versions of liner notes for many recordings! Not every recording in the databases linked below will include a digital copy of the recording's liner notes but when you find these, they can be really useful for getting a sense of the history and cultural context of a piece.
Naxos Music Library: Look for a link labeled "Booklet"
Alexander Street Press databases: Look for a tab labeled "Related Documents." The Libraries subscriptions for Alexander Street Press databases include:
- Classical Music Library
- Jazz Music Library
- Smithsonian Global Sound
- Contemporary World Music
- American Music
- Popular Music Library
Check out physical CDs for access to more liner notes!
The Libraries owns over 25,000 CDs, and many of these items include helpful liner notes! For tips on searching for these materials, visit the Tips for Searching for Physical Recordings tab of this guide.
When the Music Library is open, visit our circulation desk to check out items. When the Music Library is not open, you can place a request of have CDs (and DVDs, LPs, books, scores, and more!) pulled by Libraries staff and put on hold for you. For instructions on placing a request for this through our Get It service, see the instructions listed on the Access Physical Items tab of this guide.