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About Our Collection

Types of Materials

  • The Lewis Music Library acquires materials that support the music curriculum and serve the reference, research, and recreational needs of the MIT community.

  • The collection includes approximately 17,000 books, 39,000 music scores, 26,000 recordings (CDs, DVDs, laserdiscs, and videocassettes), and 100 journal subscriptions.

  • Recordings are located in closed stacks and must be requested at the Service Desk; LPs are in on-campus storage and may be requested through Your Account (MIT certificates needed) or from the Library Storage Annex request form.

  • The library subscribes to many online journals, bibliographic databases, and online recordings which are described in the Music Research Guide and listed in Vera.

  • The library circulates iPods which contain over 2,600 tracks from recent CDs. The iPods circulate overnight to MIT students, faculty, or staff members.

Collection Scope

  • The scope of the music collection is broad, with special emphasis placed on 20th- and 21st-century music and electronic music.

  • The core of the collection is classical, although we also collect jazz, blues, folk, popular, film, and world music.

  • Rare and valuable materials are housed in the Lawrence Erdmann Special Collections Room.

  • Music composed by MIT faculty members along with recordings of musical activity at MIT are also collected.

  • The Inventions of Note Sheet Music Collection highlights popular songs about new inventions published before 1923.

  • The Music at MIT Oral History Project contains spoken interviews with transcripts documenting musical life at MIT.

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