- The Lewis Music Library acquires
materials that support the music curriculum and serve the reference,
research, and recreational needs of the MIT community.
collection includes approximately 17,000 books, 39,000 music scores, 26,000
recordings (CDs, DVDs, laserdiscs, and videocassettes), and 100 journal subscriptions.
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.
scope of the music collection is broad, with special emphasis
placed on 20th- and 21st-century music and electronic music.
core of the collection is classical, although we also collect
jazz, blues, folk, popular, film, and world music.
and valuable materials are housed in the Lawrence Erdmann Special
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.