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Conducting: Recordings

Streaming Audio & Video

Library Audio Databases

More Online Music Resources

Library Video Databases

Hardcopy Recordings

Find Scores and Recordings

sample catalog search for 'tropic winter nathaniel dett' limited to Printed Music (All); results show catalog record with library location and call number

In the Allen Library

  1. Open the library catalog.
  2. Search the title and composer's name.
  3. Limit the format to Printed Music, Sound Recordings, or Videos
    (depending on what you need).
  4. Find a catalog record for the piece you need.
  5. Use the location and call number to find it on the shelf.

Image: Catalog search with the format limited to Printed Music, and search result showing location and call number.


Can't visit the library? Use our guides to Music Scores Online or Streaming Audio & Video to find online score & recording sites, then search for the piece you need.

Get help

Searching for music can be tricky! If you can't find what you need, ask a librarian for help.

Browse the Shelves

young man looks at library shelvesBrowsing is a great way to discover new music if you don't have a specific piece in mind!
In the Allen Library, the first letters of the call number indicate format:

Call Number Letters Format
MR LPs (records)
MV VHS tapes

The following numbers indicate genre. Combine the letters above with the numbers below to browse for recordings.
MD1500—Opera CDs
MO1500—Opera DVDs 

Call Number Genre
6 – 990
    6 – 175
    180 – 299
    400s, 500s... 900s
Solo and chamber ensembles
    Quartets, quintets...through nonets
1000 – 1075
    1005 – 1042
1100 – 1160
    1105 – 1142
String orchestra
1200 – 1270 Band
1470 – 1473 Chance & electronic music
1497 – 1998
    1500 – 1508
    1530 – 1610
Secular vocal
    Operas & musicals
1999 – 2199
    2000 – 2007
    2010 – 2017
    2020 – 2101
Sacred vocal
    Church services (e.g. Masses)

This is just a general outline of the many call numbers in the library! Ask a librarian for help finding more. 

Listening & Viewing Equipment

listening/viewing room with audio/visual equipment

Want to listen to higher quality audio equipment? Don't have a record turntable at home? Come to the Allen Library!

Our listening carrels and listening/viewing rooms can play:

  • CDs, LPs, cassette tapes, and reel-to-reel tapes
  • DVDs, Blu-rays, and VHS tapes
  • Personal devices via Bluetooth, VGA, HDMI, AUX cable, and Apple TV

Equipment is generally available on a first-come, first-served basis, but rooms may be reserved for certain uses. Contact Lisa Wollenberg (860.768.4840) for more information.

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