Music Library

(formerly called Scores & Recordings)

About the Collection
World Music Archives
Music Library Facilities
Student Employment
Frequently Asked Questions
For Assistance

About the Collection

The Music Library, located on the third floor of Olin Library, houses the library collections of musical scores and sound recordings of both spoken word and music. The Music Library also includes the World Music Archives.  Some oversize scores and sets are located on 3A.

The majority of books about music (classed ML and MT) are in the Olin Stacks (floors 2 and 3A). However the Music Library holds a small number of these books as well, while others may be found in the Cutter Collection and compact storage. Reference books for graduate-level study in music are located in the Music Library while the general reference collection on the main floor of Olin Library keeps general and undergraduate-level reference books. The Music Library also has copies of Wesleyan masters theses and doctoral dissertations in music. Most videos, except for World Music Archives material and those accompany recordings, are kept with other library videos at the Science Library circulation desk.  An item's location in OneSearch will indicate whether to look in the Music Library, Olin stacks or some other location.

Most scores circulate just like books, the only exception being Denkmäler (historical sets) and collected works (classed in M1-3) which are limited to faculty and graduate students. LPs also do not circulate outside the Music Library to undergraduate students, but CDs and cassettes may be taken out by all students, faculty, and staff. Users can listen to LPs, CDs, and reserve tapes via headphones at any of our individual listening stations.

Mirroring the Music Department, the strengths of the library's music collection are world music and 20th-century experimental music. In particular, the collections of music from India, Indonesia, Japan, and Native Americans are among the most significant in the world. We have many scores of folk music and of instrumental music from classical traditions in Japan, China, Iran, and elsewhere. Special Collections & Archives holds one of three John Cage Collections in the world.

Music Library Facilities

Listening Stations - The Music Library houses individual listening carrels. These include facilities for playing CDs, cassette tapes, and LPs. Recording facilities are not available for individual use. Headphones can be checked out at the service window of the Music Library office with a Wesleyan ID or a driver's license. CDs are also checked out here. IDs are held while materials are being used at the listening stations.

Reading Room - is available as a study area whenever Olin Library is open.

Seminar Room - The Music Seminar Room (Olin room 327b) is used for classes and meetings. Playback equipment for LPs, CDs, cassettes, DVDs, and videotapes is available in the Seminar Room for classroom use only (it cannot be used as a group study room). To inquire about the policies and scheduling of this facility, contact the Music Library staff.

Student Employment

 Application for Regular Term Student Employment

  Application for Summer Student Employment

If you are on campus, please return your form to the Music Library, 3rd floor Olin; otherwise email your form to  

We will email selected students for interviews during the second week of classes.  We typically have 2-3 openings in the fall and receive about 100 applications.  Selection is based in part on students' availability during open time slots.  Work-study students are given preference. 

For Assistance

Music Library Main Desk 860-685-3898
Alec McLane, Music Librarian 860-685-3899
Jennifer Thom Hadley, Music Library Assistant 860-685-3897
Jody Cormack Viswanathan, Music Library Assistant 860-685-3826