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Course Reserves: Music Reserves

Use this guide to find answers to your questions about finding and using course reserves.

Music Reserve Basics

Items that show the location of "Music Reserve" in the library catalog are located in the Music Library, which is on the third floor of the Jerome Library. 

Music Reserve materials must be requested at, checked out from, and returned to the Music Service Desk. 

You can find items on reserve by searching the catalog by instructor name or course number.

You can also access streaming audio reserves.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Music Library materials can I put on reserve?

  • Books, scores
  • CDs, LPs, Cassettes
  • VHS, DVDs

(Yes! we have facilities for listening to and viewing older media formats)

How long are the loan periods?

  • 2-hour reserve (may not leave the Music Library)- this is the most common and popular option
  • 24-hour reserve

What about articles and book chapters?

For electronic articles, you may link to them directly from within your Canvas course; see the library's guide to persistent links to help you find the correct link in a variety of databases. The music library has two scanners you can use to scan and upload selected book chapters into your Canvas course.

What if the library doesn't have a copy?

We are happy to make instructors' personal copies of materials available for use via Music Reserve.

If you would like to request an item be purchased for the library's collection, please contact Reference Archivist Lindy Smith. However, it is not the library's policy to purchase copies of all required textbooks.

What if the library has a copy, but it's not available?

We can recall items that are checked out to make sure they're available for your students. Requests that include materials that are checked out may take longer to fill.

If something is missing or damaged, we can order a replacement copy. To make a request for purchase, please contact Head Librarian, Susannah Cleveland.

For Instructors

Anyone teaching a course on campus is welcome to use the reserve services offered by the Music Library.  Please direct reserve requests and questions to Trinidad Linares.  Requests will be processed in the order they are received. Please allow for a minimum of one week for processing; more time may be necessary at the beginnings of semesters.

Place a request

Assigned Listening

Streaming Audio Reserves:

The Music Library provides access to sound and video recording reserves on and off campus through Avalon, our audio and video streaming platform. All audio reserve requests from our physical collections will be placed on the streaming server, unless you are using a published anthology (which will only be available as a traditional reserve in the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives because of copyright limitations). Submit all of your reserve request as you ordinarily would and send us a list of your course roster so that we can enroll the students in their appropriate section. We'll also enroll you as a student so that you can see the reserve system as they will.

Streaming Audio Databases:

In addition to streaming digitized content from our physical collections, some of our streaming audio databases like Naxos Music Library, DRAM, and American Song have the capacity for users to create playlists or provide permalinks in Canvas.

Recording Rooms:

Recording rooms are also available for use.  All copies of sound recordings needed for class reserve must be made by the faculty member or graduate assistant; copyright compliance is the responsibility of the course instructor. It is advisable to make appointments to use the recording rooms through one of the other Music Library permanent staff members, during office hours (8a-5p M-F). Music Library staff will not make copies of reserve recordings for individual students, nor do we allow students to copy reserve recordings.

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