MediaMobile hits the road

Posted June 18th, 2012 by Christie Moore


You may see the Lewis Music Library’s new MediaMobile roaming around campus soon!

The MediaMobile is a moveable cart that can travel across campus to highlight the MIT Libraries’ many online media materials. It has a large monitor and audio speakers to demo streaming audio and video products, full-text books, music scores, images, bibliographic databases, etc.

The MediaMobile will be available to MIT librarians so that online information in a variety of subjects can be shared with the MIT community.

The MediaMobile was funded by the Class of 1982 Music Library Fund. To see more experimental services at the MIT Libraries, check out the list of current Betas & Widgets.

Violin music concert Friday, May 4

Posted April 17th, 2012 by Christie Moore

The 10th annual Prokopoff violin music concert will be held at 3 pm on Friday, May 4, 2012 in the Lewis Music Library. MIT students will perform selections by Bach, Chopin, Dvorak, and Sarasate.  This annual event honors the collection of over 2,000 violin music scores collected by Stephen Prokopoff and donated to the library in 2001 by Lois Craig, former Associate Dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning. Come enjoy some wonderful music in an attractive setting!

Date: Friday, May 4, 2012
Place: Lewis Music Library, Bldg. 14E-109
Time: 3–4 pm

The concert is free and open to the public.

New streaming database: Opera in Video

Posted March 26th, 2012 by Christie Moore

Opera in Video




Opera in Video is now available to the MIT community. This streaming database contains 500 hours of opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent some of the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses.

Stream video to your mobile device! All video is now supported for iPhone operating on 3G network or better and Android. Click on the mobile phone icon next to each video in the database to stream directly to your mobile device.

IAPril 2012: Arts and Culture Multimedia in the MIT Libraries

Posted March 23rd, 2012 by Mark Szarko

When: Thu April 26, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Where: 14N-132

Want to find out how to obtain over one million tracks of streaming audio ranging from classical to jazz, popular, and contemporary world music? How about over 150,000 online music scores? Streaming video of poets reading from their work? Images so sharp you can see the shadow beneath the Mona Lisa’s smile? Or panoramic views of architectural sites from around the world?

Come to this session to learn how to bring these and other cultural treasures right to your desktop through the MIT Libraries.

Please register for this session. For more information, please contact Mark Szarko.

IAPril 2012: MIT Libraries Bookmobile

Posted March 23rd, 2012 by Mark Szarko

When: Wed April 11, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Lobby 10

Celebrate National Bookmobile Day with the MIT Libraries! Check out new fiction and non-fiction, DVDs, and music (Bring your MIT ID if you want to borrow something).

For more information, please contact Theresa Tobin.

Music CDs, DVDs now circulate for 1 week

Posted February 7th, 2012 by Christie Moore

coverThe Lewis Music Library’s over 20,000 audio CDs and more than 1,300 DVDs now circulate for 1 week (no renewals) to members of the MIT community. The collection includes music from Gregorian chant to Lady Gaga: classical, jazz, world music, film and soundtracks, and popular.

Lists of the newest arrivals: Recent Additions to the Collections.
CDs and DVDs are listed in Barton; for search tips, see Searching for Music.
Selected recent CDs and DVDs are on display in the library.

The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

Jazz in MIT oral history interviews, March 2

Posted January 25th, 2012 by Christie Moore

Photo: L. Barry Hetherington

Come hear interview excerpts of Herb Pomeroy, founding director of the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble (FJE), talking about the early days of the FJE, hiring Everett Longstreth to direct the MIT Concert Jazz Band, and recollections of notable alumni of these groups. Pomeroy was interviewed by Forrest Larson in 1999-2000 for the Music at MIT Oral History Project. Forrest will also play excerpts from interviews with Everett Longstreth and band alumni.

Friday, March 2, 2012, 1-2 pm
Lewis Music Library 14E-109
For more information: 617-253-5636

Music author event Monday, Feb.13, noon

Posted January 18th, 2012 by Christie Moore

coverCome help celebrate the release of Dr. Frederick Harris’ new book, Seeking the Infinite: The Musical Life of Stanisław Skrowaczewski. The author will read excerpts from the book, show films of Skrowaczewski and play selections from his compositions. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Harris is music director of the MIT Wind Ensemble and Festival Jazz Ensemble. Listen to a Minnesota Public Radio interview,  see the book’s web site, or read a review.

Monday, February 13, 2012, noon
Lewis Music Library, 14E-109
For more information: 617-253-5636

Sonorous currents: live electronic music by students, Dec.6

Posted November 29th, 2011 by Christie Moore

Come hear a performance of new music for live electronics with laptops, iPhones, circuits, and other sonological mechanisms in the Lewis Music Library from noon to 1:00 pm on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. Students from Visiting Assistant Professor Christopher T. Ariza’s Music and Technology class will share their compositions.

Tuesday, December 6, 12 noon
Lewis Music Library 14E-109
For more information: 617-253-5636

New streaming audio database available

Posted November 23rd, 2011 by Christie Moore

Classical Music Library

Classical Music Library is now available to the MIT community. This database contains over 90,000 tracks from labels including ASV, Bridge, EMI Classics, Hänssler Classic, Hyperion, Virgin Classics, and many more. It covers music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present and includes vocal and choral music, chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.

“It’s Alive” Staged Reading #3: Elfriede Jelinek’s ‘Illness or Modern Women’

Posted October 27th, 2011 by Mark Szarko

VampireTuesday, Nov 8, 7-9 pm in the Lewis Music Library (14E-109)

It’s Alive!
A series of staged play readings by students
in collaboration with professional actors
curated by Anna Kohler, Senior Lecturer, MIT Music and Theater Arts

Illness or Modern Women
by Elfriede Jelinek
Nobel Prize for Literature, 2004

Join us for a staged reading of Elfriede Jelinek’s play, read by Jay Scheib, Associate Professor of Music and Theater Arts, Tanya Selvaratnam, and MIT students.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Lewis Music Library: 617-253-5636.

Library events during Family Weekend, Oct.14–16

Posted October 7th, 2011 by Heather Denny

The MIT Libraries welcome MIT families to campus during Family Weekend 2011!  We invite you to join us for these special library-sponsored events:



10:00-10:45 a.m.: Lewis Music Library Open House

14E-109, Lewis Music Library
Visit the Lewis Music Library and find out why this is such a popular place on campus.  Renovated in 1996, this library features striking architecture and an impressive collection of music: 37,000 scores, 16,00 books, and 24,000 recording including classical, world, jazz, popular, folk, electronic, and film music.

3:00-4:15 p.m.: MIT 150: Inventional Wisdom in Video
Relax and enjoy some popcorn while viewing a collection of short videos celebrating and capturing MIT’s sesquicentennial.  The program will feature a documentary short on the evolving student experience at MIT, and a selection of MIT150 events including 300 student musicians performing at the Next Century Convocation.  Refreshments will be served.  Hosted by MIT Libraries/Academic Media Production Services

While you’re here please stop by any library location and say hello. Visit the original library reading room under the Dome in Barker Library, take in views of the river from Hayden Library, or learn about MIT history in the ‘Technology’ through Time exhibit in the Maihaugen Gallery. We hope you enjoy your visit!

Welcome back! Check out what the Libraries did over your summer vacation.

Posted September 22nd, 2011 by Heather Denny

The MIT Libraries have been working hard during your summer vacation. Here are some of the new things you can look forward to this fall:

New resources

Library hours & study space

Upcoming Events

View the What we did on your summer vacation flyer (pdf).

Staged Reading of Medea’s Nurse by Alan Brody

Posted September 16th, 2011 by Mark Szarko

Thursday, Sept. 22, 7-9 pm in the Lewis Music Library (14E-109)

It’s Alive!
A series of staged play readings by students
in collaboration with professional actors
curated by Anna Kohler, Senior Lecturer, MIT Music and Theater Arts
Medea’s Nurse by Alan Brody

Bette Warren still lives in her own home although she knows she has the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Her grandson, who has been away for ten years returns and this sets off a series of self discoveries for Betty, her daughter Charlotte, and Adam, her grandson.

Alan Brody is a Professor of Theater Arts at MIT.

Upcoming reading dates in the “It’s Alive” series: Thursdays, October 13 and November 17

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Lewis Music Library: 617-253-5636.

Into the Sky with Diamonds: book discussion with author

Posted September 7th, 2011 by Christie Moore

Thursday, Sept. 29, 4-5 pm in the Lewis Music Library (14E-109)

grelsamerRonald P. Grelsamer, M.D. will discuss his book, Into the Sky with Diamonds: the Beatles and the Race to the Moon in the Psychedelic ’60s. NASA Astronaut and MIT Professor Jeffrey A. Hoffman will also participate in this event.

Dr. Grelsamer is Chief, Patellofemoral Reconstruction at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, email Peter Munstedt or call 617-253-5636.

Mobile music: QR codes in Music Library

Posted August 25th, 2011 by Remlee Green

American Song mobile site

QR code for jazz music

Posters scattered throughout Lewis Music Library direct users to listen to streaming music on their mobile devices by scanning QR codes.  Each poster highlights a different genre from Alexander Street Press music databases (Contemporary World Music and American Song).


  • Make sure you’re connected to the “MIT” network on your mobile device (not the “MIT Guest” network) before scanning.
  • Only 3 users can listen to music at the same time, so if you’re turned away, try again later!

Interested in trying more new tools & services?  See all of our betas & widgets!

Fund for Jewish Music History established at MIT’s Lewis Music Library

Posted July 25th, 2011 by Heather Denny

Lewis Music Library, photo by L. Barry Hetherington

MIT Libraries is pleased to announce the creation of the Dr. Karl and Mrs. Margaret Grünbaum Fund for Jewish Music History at MIT’s Rosalind Denny Lewis Music Library. The fund was established with a gift from Michael Gruenbaum ’53 and his sister, the late Marietta Grünbaum Emont, in memory of their parents.

The Grünbaum family’s personal experiences with the Holocaust were at the heart of their decision to make the gift. Michael and Marietta’s father was killed in the Holocaust and they were imprisoned with their mother at the Terezin concentration camp. They later immigrated to the United States in 1950, at which point Michael enrolled at MIT. While at MIT, Michael worked part-time at the then newly-established music library with MIT’s first music librarian, Duscha Weisskopf, also a Holocaust survivor. Weisskopf spoke at MIT at a private dedication for the Fund earlier this summer.

Funded by Holocaust reparations received by the family, the Grünbaum Fund will enable important scores, recordings, video and written material by or about Jewish musicians, composers and writers to be purchased and shared with a new generation of students. Numerous materials have already been acquired and been made available to the Library’s users. The collection will continue to grow in the coming years and serve as a valuable intellectual asset for the MIT and Jewish communities.

The Rosalind Denny Lewis Music Library is located in Building 14E-109 and is open to the public.  Summer hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

True or false: The MIT Libraries only have academic stuff.

Posted June 9th, 2011 by Heather Denny

Library Myths sets the record straight, debunking common misconceptions about libraries. The premiere episode reveals things you never knew you could check out of the MIT Libraries.


Longer CD/DVD loans on summer weekends

Posted May 25th, 2011 by Christie Moore

New CD: PhonCD B758 ech

Take advantage of a few extra days when you borrow music CDs and DVDs over the summer! Since the Lewis Music Library will be closed Saturdays and Sundays beginning Memorial Day weekend, CDs and DVDs borrowed on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday will be due the following Monday (by closing, 5 pm). Limit of 5, no renewals.

See lists of the newest music books, scores, CDs, and DVDs: Recent Additions to the Collections

The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

New CD set: Leonard Bernstein Symphony Edition

Posted May 20th, 2011 by Christie Moore

A new set of CDs has begun to appear in the Lewis Music Library: a 60-disc set of the conductor’s symphonic recordings with the New York Philharmonic from 1953 to 1976.

The first few are ready to circulate and the rest will follow as they are cataloged. Search by call number (PhonCD B458 lbsym v.1-) or keep an eye on Recent Additions to the Collections (page loaded weekly).

Music CDs and DVDs circulate for 3 days to members of the MIT community (limit of 5, no renewals). The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.