You can find music encyclopedias and dictionaries, bound scores, and bound periodicals on the fourth floor of the library. Please ask at the 4th floor circulation desk for assistance with miniature study scores, CDs, LPs, and DVDs, which are housed in closed stacks behind the desk.
Our sheet music collection is also on the fourth floor. Items are placed in hanging folders organized by ensemble size (from solo to octet, followed by vocal music), then by composer and title. Refer to the guides posted on the sides of the shelving units for details. You may benefit from getting the uniform title (see below) of a work from LibrarySearch before looking for sheet music.
You can find books about music on the third floor under the call numbers that start with ML (music literature) and MT (music theory, pedagogy, and techniques).
As the name suggests, LibrarySearch is our online catalog where you can search for resources available from the UNCSA library: print books and ebooks; music scores and sheet music; articles from scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers; and physical and streaming audio and video recordings. Here are some tips for using LibrarySearch most efficiently:
The library provides a wealth of music scores, both print and electronic, to support the performance, study, and research needs of students and faculty. You can locate print scores by searching by title and/or author in LibrarySearch. You can limit your search results to scores by clicking on the “Resource Type” filter on the left side of the screen and choosing “Scores.”
Our sheet music collection is located in hanging folders on the fourth floor of the library and is organized by ensemble size (from solo to octet), followed by vocal music. Other print scores are located in the fourth-floor stacks, arranged by Library of Congress call number. The information after “Available at” in a LibrarySearch thumbnail record will tell you where to find an item.
The title of a specific musical work may be known in a variety of languages or formats. For example, the fifth symphony of Beethoven may appear as:
We use a standardized form of the title, known as the uniform title, to link resources (mostly scores and recordings) in the catalog that reflect all variations of the title, regardless of the format or language of the original. Using any of these variations in a keyword search will retrieve records containing the uniform title. For example, if I type “beethoven’s fifth symphony” into the LibrarySearch search box and then limit my Resource Type to Score, clicking on the title of the first result will show:
You can see in the line labeled “Uniform title” that the uniform title for this work is “Symphonies, no. 5, op.67, C minor.” Clicking on that uniform title will retrieve all resources containing that title and all of its variations. This will ensure that I get all possible results for scores and recordings of Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5 in C minor, op. 67. Please note that our sheet music collection is also arranged using uniform titles!