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University of Minnesota

Kathryn A. Martin Library

MU 8222 Research Guide


This is a quick introduction to the resources that will be useful to you as a graduate student at UMD. This guide isn't intended to cover everything—to see all the available digital resources in Music, visit the A-Z databases list:

If you have questions about your research or library resources, contact your librarian!

Find Scores and Books

In order to find scores and books, you can search the library catalog:

Use the "Scores" filter on the right-hand side of the search page to restrict your search to scores.

In addition to scores and books, the catalog contains ebooks, DVDs, videos, government documents, music recordings, and teaching materials.

You can browse these call number areas on the 4th floor of the library to find music and books related to the study of music:

  • Music
  • ML Literature on Music
  • MT Instruction and Study

The checkout period for most materials is 90 days. If no one has requested the materials when your checkout period has expired, the materials will renew automatically. When materials are returned, they are quarantined for 5 days.

If for any reason you are not able to come to campus, feel free to request materials for home delivery. You can make that request by clicking "Get It" in the library catalog and selecting "Home Delivery." You can also use Get It to request that materials in the library be taken off the shelf and held for you at the front desk. We'll send you an email as soon as your items are ready!

You can also find sheet music through the Naxos Sheet Music Library:

If the library doesn't hold a score or book you're looking for, you can search WorldCat. Worldcat will show you whether other libraries hold the item you're looking for and give you the information you will need to request the item from another library:

To request an item from another library, make an interlibrary loan request:

Materials requested through interlibrary loan will come from other libraries. Most requests will arrive within 1-2 weeks. All interlibrary loan materials, like other library materials, are quarantined for five days on arrival.

Streaming Music and Video

Through Naxos, users can stream an extensive library of classical, jazz, folk, and world music recordings, in addition to classical music performances, operas, ballets, live concerts and documentaries.