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Library Audio Databases
Naxos Music Library
More than 150,000 albums of primarily classical music. Sign up for a free account to create playlists and access the mobile NML app
Over 4,000 albums by primarily American composers and artists. Includes a number of lesser known works not found in other online resources.
Jazz Music Library
Listen to over 66,000 jazz albums in all styles, including recordings from the Blue Note and Verve Records labels.
Smithsonian Global Sound
Over 3,000 streaming albums of traditional and popular music from around the world.
More Online Music Resources
A collaborative library containing tens of thousands of scores and recordings in the public domain.
Provides recordings, sheet music, and other educational materials to the public for free, without copyright restrictions.
Library Video Databases
Dance in Video
Hundreds of performances, interviews, documentaries, and instructional videos covering ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, improvisational, and more.
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive
Full-length videos from the Jacob's Pillow Dance festival. Includes interviews and performances by top dancers and companies in almost all dance styles.
On The Boards
Streamed dance, theater, and music videos of full-length, high-quality performance films from international and US-based contemporary artists. Access expires June 30, 2021.
Find Scores and Recordings
In the Allen Library
- Open the library catalog.
- Search the title and composer's name.
- Limit the format to Printed Music, Sound Recordings, or Videos
(depending on what you need).
- Find a catalog record for the piece you need.
- 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.
Searching for music can be tricky! If you can't find what you need, ask a librarian for help.
Browse the Shelves
Browsing 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
The following numbers indicate genre. Combine the letters above with the numbers below to browse for recordings.
|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
|1200 – 1270
|1470 – 1473
||Chance & electronic music
|1497 – 1998
1500 – 1508
1530 – 1610
Operas & musicals
|1999 – 2199
2000 – 2007
2010 – 2017
2020 – 2101
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
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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