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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 Streaming Audio 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.
Find Scores and Recordings
Find a copy online
Can't visit the library? Use our COVID-19 Response guide to find online score & recording sites, then search for the piece you need.
Find a copy 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.
Request a copy from another library
If we don't own a copy, you can often get a copy from another library through Interlibrary Loan:
- Open WorldCat.
- Search the title and composer's name.
- Limit the format to Musical Scores, Sound Recordings, or Visual Materials (depending on what you need).
- Find a record for the piece you need.
- Click the title to open the full record.
- Click the link to ILL this with ILLiad@H.
- Log into ILLiad or create a new account.
- Wait for the form to auto-fill, then click Submit at the bottom of the page.
Image: WorldCat search with format limited to Musical Scores, and resulting record with ILL link.
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:
The following numbers indicate genre. Combine the letters above with the numbers below to browse for vocal music recordings.
|1611 - 1626
||Secular solo songs
|2102 - 2114.8
||Sacred solo songs
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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