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Lewis Music collections


The Lewis Music Library collection contains books, journals, scores, CDs, DVDs, streaming audio and video, and music databases, in subjects including classical, jazz, popular, electronic, world, folk, and film music. The Library supports the MIT music curriculum, which ranges from medieval chant to hip hop, while also serving the research and recreational needs of the MIT community. Particular strengths of the collection include chamber music and compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries.


  • Streaming Audio and Video
  • Lawrence Erdmann Special Collections Room
    Houses facsimiles, rare books, manuscripts, and recordings of MIT music performances. By appointment, Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00.
  • Inventions of Note Sheet Music Collection
    Sheet music of popular songs and piano compositions from the 1880s-1920s, portraying technologies old and new. Inventions including telephones, airplanes, and automobiles are celebrated through music, lyrics, and cover art.
  • Music at MIT Oral History Collection
    Includes audio and video interviews along with transcripts documenting the rich history of musical life at MIT.