The best place to start looking for books in the library is the Online Catalog, where you can search by keyword, title, or author to locate a book on your topic. Once you find a book you would like to read, write down the book's call number (also called the shelf location). The library's books are organized by the Library of Congress classification system, meaning our books are organized by subject, and there are two letters at the beginning of the call number. Those two letters tell you where the book is in the library:
Call numbers beginning with A-H are on the third floor.
Call numbers beginning with J-Z are on the fourth floor.
Since the library's books are organized by subject, once you find the book you are looking for, take a look around because you will likely find a book that is the same subject. If you'd like to browse the music books in the library, here are the first two call numbers to be on the lookout for:
Need help navigating the book stacks? Consult a map of the library or ask someone at the Circulation Desk for help.
If you can't find a book you are looking for in the Online Catalog, you can search in E-ZBorrow to see if there is a book you would like to request from a local library. E-ZBorrow is only used for requesting books, which take about 5 business days to arrive.
Still having trouble? WorldCat is a great database to use to search and request books, scores, and more from libraries around the world. PDFs of scores, journal articles, and book chapters can be emailed to you in 1-3 business days, while books can take up to a few weeks to arrive.
Ask librarian if you need help requesting materials from other libraries.