Sometimes digital materials just won't cut it when it comes to music research. Need a physical book, score, or recording from the Music Library's collections?

Check out this new access info for Fall 2020:

Although our Music Library space (which is located in the basement of Ferguson Hall) will be temporarily closed to browsing, all of our physical collections of books, scores, journals, and recordings are still available to you (the Libraries catalog is accessible at, and there's more info about how to get started with searching below):

  • If you’d like to have a book chapter, an article from a print journal, or a section of a score scanned and delivered to you digitally, please place a request by clicking on the relevant gray box under “Create a Delivery Request” on our Interlibrary Loan page. If you're not sure what chapter of a book you might need, try scrolling down in the Libraries catalog record for that item since many records include notes about books' contents. If you can't find the information you need in the catalog record, place a request to have that book's table of contents scanned and sent to you digitally, and use that info to place a second scanning request for the sections you need.

    An image of the UMN Libraries Interlibrary Loan page ( with the place to click to select the form for requesting a scan of a Book Chapter circled.

  • To access an entire book, score, journal issue, CD, or DVD, visit the catalog record for the item you’d like, sign in to your Libraries account with your Internet ID and password by clicking “Sign In” on the yellow banner, and click the green “Get It” button. After clicking “Get It,” you can request that the item be held for you at Wilson Library, or that the item be mailed to you at home or at your preferred address. Wilson Library is the main West Bank library branch and you can find it just across the plaza from Ferguson Hall, where the School of Music is located; the option for delivery to Wilson Library on the dropdown menu will be available once Wilson opens for the Fall semester - date yet to be determined.

An image of a Libraries catalog record for an individual item as it looks after the user has signed into their Libraries account. An arrow is pointing to the "Get It" button for placing a request to have a physical Libraries item held or mailed to the user's preferred address.


An image of a Libraries catalog record for an individual item as it looks after the user has clicked the "Get It" button. A dropdown menu appears, and the user can choose a delivery option. Options include Wilson Library (coming soon) and Home Delivery.

An image of a Libraries catalog record for an individual item as it looks after the user has selected the "Home Delivery" option from the "Pickup Location" dropdown menu. Enter your preferred mailing address (home, dorm, or post office box, or anywhere else you can receive mail), and the Libraries will send you the item you need through the US Postal Service.

For more information on the University Libraries Get It service, please visit our Get It Book Delivery page.

Questions? Need help? 

If you need to access an item that’s not available for digital delivery or delivery via Get It, or if you have any questions about these services, please contact Jessica ( to discuss options!

For when things open back up: Navigating the Music Library

The University of Minnesota Music Library is a great place to find recordings, scores, parts, books, and journals about music! The easiest way to find an item in the Music Library is make a note of the call number, located about halfway down the page (see image below) and to bring that call number to the circulation desk. We'll be glad to help you find what you're looking for.



  • Any member of the campus community can borrow our audio/visual materials (CDs, DVDs, etc.) for a period of seven (7) days. All of our A/V materials are all held behind the Music Library's circulation desk. Please bring the call number for the item in which you're interested to the circulation desk and we'll be glad to get it for you!
  • Looking for books, scores, or journals? Go to the shelves and browse:
    • The scores and books in the Music Library are shelved in such a way that similar things are placed near each other. If you find one score that’s helpful, look on either side of it and around the section where you found it because you’ll probably find other useful things that way, too!
    • Journals (both current periodicals and older materials) are shelved in alphabetical order.
  • The books and scores in the Music Library are shelved by size, meaning all of the smaller items (mini-scores and normal-sized books) are together and all the bigger items (regular-sized scores and large books) are together in a different spot. This can confusing the first time you visit, so be sure to stop by the circulation desk and ask for help if you need it! Here's a diagram that shows how the Music Library is organized:


Questions? Need help?

Please contact Music Librarian Jessica Abbazio ( or the Music Library staff ( for help!

Last Updated: May 11, 2021 12:51 PM