In The LibraryDatabases & eBooksWeb Links

Want to know what music CDs we have in our collection? Take a look at these spreadsheets. The first is the current CD list in author (composer) order, and the second is of CDs of American music only (compilation CDs with American music might not be listed here).

The audio CD collection is, as of May 2012, found on the Main Floor of the library along the north wall.

Our catalog allows for searching additional fields when looking for music CDs. Try searching for the phrase “M CD“, or, on the Advanced tab, adding Limits to your search such as:

  • Type: Musical Recording, Non-musical Recording, or Music Score
  • Format: Sound Recording

Note regarding videos: Musicals are found with call numbers beginning with PN1995.9 .M86 (not in the M (music) section.)


More on Finding Music in our library:

The Library of Congress Classification System lists Music materials under the letter ‘M‘ (other letters in the LoC system don’t match up this way!) ML=literature, MT=instruction

Grove’s Dictionary of Music and MusiciansML100.G8863 2001. Newer edition is in Reference. An older version of 20 volumes is available for check-out in the stacks.

Reference Books are on the main floor of our library and give excellent subject overviews. These include encyclopedias, statistics, specialized dictionaries, and handbooks. Though they can not be checked out, they can be photocopied. Materials for check out are on the top floor in what we call the Stacks. Note the location indicated in our catalog.

Periodicals: on the main floor of the library, along the north wall.

Full-text access to databases of electronic periodicals is via the Articles / Databases page. 

Other online Reference Sources to consider:

  • Encyclopedia Britannica
  • World History in Context
  • Western Washington University’s Libraries includes a Music Library.

  • NAXOS Music Library is our music database. It has a comprehensive collection of classical music for listening, and it provides some biographical information. It also has some jazz and world music for streaming.
  • eBook Collection (from EBSCO): In the library catalog, you will find links to our e-Book collection. Titles include: The origins of music, Musical theatre synopses, Index to Opera, Operetta and Musical Comedy Synopses and NPR Classical Music Companion: Terms and concepts from A to Z.
  • Directories

    Acoustics of Music
    Acoustics information for various instruments, from the Univ. of South Wales, Australia

    Free printable staff paper @ Blank Sheet Music .net
    Print blank sheet music for free, supports guitar and bass tabs too, ready-to-print sheets in a few seconds, no software to download and install, no watermarks on prints, requires Flash plugin.

    The Science of Music
    From the Exploratorium.


    Art and Analyses of Film Sound Design

    Hymn Tune Index
    Compiled by Nicholas Temperly. The HTI seeks to contain all hymn tunes printed anywhere in the world with English-language texts up to 1820, and their publication history up to that date.

    The Aria Database – Main IndexTheme Finder
    Themefinder is a non-profit collaborative project of the Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities (CCARH) at Stanford University and the Cognitive and Systematic Musicology Laboratory at the Ohio State University.

    Classical Composers Database
    Compiled by Jos Smeet and visitors to the site.

    The Lied, Art Song, and Choral Texts PageEnjoyment of Music
    An online textbook (8th edition access is free).

    Sites for Musicologists
    American Musicological Society.

    Center for World Music
    A nonprofit with the mission to foster understanding of the world’s performing arts and cultural traditions.

    World Music
    World Music: a magazine of world music, roots and folk music, the most extensive collection of articles, reviews and audio features on the internet is all in Roots World.

    The Portal of African and Caribbean Cultures
    The Portal of African and Caribbean Cultures : news, music, arts and culture, society, travel.

    Archive of Popular American Music
    UCLA – a digital sheet music collection, with some recordings too.

    Negro Spirtuals River of Song – contemporary Mississippi
    The Mississippi: River of Song is a Smithsonian Institution series for public television and radio that explores contemporary music along the Mississippi.

    The Blue HighwayJive DictionaryAll About JazzThe Red Hot Jazz Archive
    A history of Jazz before 1930. This site contains over 2000 songs from this era in Real Audio 3 format, as well as hundreds of biographies and discographies of Jazz musicians.

    Jazz Standards, Jazz History, Musicology, Biographies and Books The premier site for the history and analysis of the standards jazz musicians play the most.

    Music Library Association on Copyright
    Copyright for music librarians.

    Alan Lomex Collection
    Library of Congress – From the site, which “comprises ethnographic documentation collected by the legendary folklorist over a period of sixty years”.

    Loeb Music Library
    Harvard – some resources freely available. See the Online Resources for Music Scholars link.

    Musical Biographical Resources on the Web
    Yale University maintains this list of links. In addition to There are links to sites of biographical information, and composers listed by genre, instrument, and geographical area. It includes links to publishers’ catalogs,
    Read biographies, play games, watch interviews and video clips at Check out our Born On This Day, Deathiversary, and Black History sections. Visit The Biography Channel for great TV shows like BIOGRAPHY, Notorious, I Survived…, and more.

    Online Collections and Presentation (The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)
    Online Collections and Special Presentations. The American Folklife Center provides online access to selected portions of our collections. We create our own online presentations on various topics and the American Memory project provides additional online access to selected collections. Online content may include audio samples of music and stories, digital images of rare letters and photographs, and video clips. To use the featured collections in their entirety, please visit our Collections & Research Services page for information about doing research in our Reading Room. American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

    Mozart Scores online

    Beethoven-Haus in Bonn
    Beethoven museum and digital archives.

    NewMusic USA online library | The Official Site of Music’s Biggest Night


    Dove Awards

    IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

    Duke Sheet Music

    Sheet Music Collection
    The Lester S. Levy collection of American sheet music. Johns Hopkins

    AMG–All Music

    Sally Sheedy