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

Music Scores

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

Scores 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 scores with particular instrumentation.

Call Number Range Subject
M 452 String quartets
M 857.4 Horn octets
M 1001 Symphonies
M 1033

Trombone concertos (piano reduction)

M 1503 Operas (piano/vocal)

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

Look at our Understanding Call Numbers guide for more information.


This is the first place you'll look for a score. This catalog searches the collection here at Milner.

Couldn't find what you wanted in Milner's catalog? Use the I-Share catalog to find scores in other Illinois libraries. You'll need to set up your I-Share account to request scores through I-Share (ask a librarian if you have questions about this). You can check out scores from I-Share for four weeks, with the potential to renew three times.

If you need to look beyond Milner's catalog and the I-Share catalog, Worldcat is the place to go. Worldcat lets you request scores from all over the USA and sometimes overseas. You can search for a score in Worldcat and it will automatically fill out an interlibrary loan request form for you (see below for information on interlibrary loan).

This Interlibrary Loan service lets you borrow scores outside Milner and other Illinois libraries. You will need to create an account to use interlibrary loan (ask a librarian if questions come up). You can order scores directly through interlibrary loan or you can use Worldcat to populate the interlibrary loan order form.

Subject Headings

To find a score with a particular instrumentation, search the library's catalog by subject (not just keyword). This strategy will help you find more relevant scores more quickly!

Some subject headings to search for in music are:

Piano music (4 hands) - Scores

Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with orchestra - Scores

Trumpet and piano music - Scores

Woodwind octets (Flutes (8))

Operas - Scores

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