The Music Library is one of six branch libraries in the UNL Libraries' system. It was established as a branch in the Westbrook Music Building in 1980, in part due to the efforts of the director of the School of Music, Dr.Raymond Haggh. The Music Library honored him in 1997 by naming the library's main room the Raymond H. Haggh Reading Room.
UNL Libraries provides access to a number of resources devoted to music. See "Music" on the E-Resources web page for a list of indexes, databases and audio streaming databases available online.
The Music Library maintains computer workstations to access the UNL Libraries' website, where patrons can search the UNL Libraries' catalog, the online databases, and other Internet resources.
The Music Library maintains facilities for listening to sound recordings on LP, compact disc,and cassette. Special arrangements can be made to listen to 78 and 45 rpm sound recordings and reel-to-reel tapes.
Self-service VCRs and TV monitors are available for viewing videotapes and DVDs.
A reader/printer is available for microfilm and microfiche. A microcard reader is also available by special arrangement.
There is a self-service photocopy machine that accepts coins and copycards.
The Music Library's holdings of books and scores, sound recordings, periodical subscriptions, and videotapes, CD-ROMs and DVDs, include:
- basic and research collections in music history and theory
- major composer's collected editions
- monuments of music
- study scores and performing scores
- bound sets of periodicals
- important biographical works
- strong holdings in organ and keyboard literature.
The catalog includes items in the Rokahr Family Archive, a library of opera materials collected by Jack Rokahr.The bulk of the collection was received by the Music Library in the spring of 2002.
In addition, there are Special Collections on:
- George "Pee Wee" Erwin
- Herbert A. Belkin
- Ruth Etting
- Emily Dickinson
- Berman Music Foundation—jazz and rock
There are also special collections for several former School of Music faculty:
Performances from the UNL School of Music can be searched through UNL Libraries Image & Multimedia Collections. Currently there are programs for recitals from 1948 through the present. Some performances are also available in streaming audio, and more audio files are being added as time allows.
Westbrook Music Building 30
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0101
Naxos Music Library—UNL promotional video
Naxos Music Library is the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online. It includes the complete Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues of over 165,000+tracks, including Classical music, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese music. While listening, you can read notes on the works being played as well as biographical information on composers or artists in Naxos's extensive database. All these can be accessible from computers in academic libraries, home or office. Dates of coverage vary.