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This guide covers the different types of music resources available at Milner Library.

Music Books

Most books on music can be found on the 6th floor of Milner Library. Search the library catalog to find out what books are in the collection.

Books in Milner Library are cataloged using the Library of Congress classification system. You can browse the following sections of call numbers on the shelf to find books related to music.

Call Number Range Subject
ML 100 - 109 Music Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
ML 410 Composer biographies
ML 549 - 1092 Instruments
ML 1400 - 3275 Vocal Music

Interested in how long you can check out a book? View the list of loan periods Milner resources.

Look at our Understanding Call Numbers guide for more information.

Reading eBooks

There are three ways to read eBooks:

  1. Read in your browser
  2. Download to your laptop or tablet
  3. Print one or more pages

In most instances, you will be prompted to log in using your ULID username and password before the eBook is displayed, whether or not you are on or off campus.

The steps to download or print an eBook are dependent on the publisher's website. Consult our eBook Guide for specific information about each format.

Subject Headings

To find a book on a particular topic, search the library's catalog by subject (not just keyword). This strategy will help you find more relevant books more quickly!

Some subject headings to search for in music are:

Music - History and criticism

Music - Philosophy and Aesthetics

Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750

Music industry

Music - Performance

Searching Tips

1. Put quotation marks around multiple words to search them as a phrase. Example: "musical palindromes"

2. Replace the end of a word with an asterisk * to find multiple versions of the word in one search. Example: symph* will show results for symphonies, symphony, symphonic

3. If you see the "Find It" button, click on it. It will show you if we have the full text to an article, or let you request it through interlibrary loan if Milner doesn't have it.