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Jean Gray Hargrove
Music Library

Facilities and Access

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Hargrove Music Library and Sather Tower
Collections
Founded in 1947 as a branch of the University Library, the Music Library was located on the second floor of Morrison Hall from 1957 until July 6, 2004, when the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library opened to the public. Its collections today contain some 200,000 volumes of books and printed music, 50,000 sound and video recordings, and 30,000 microforms in addition to extensive special holdings of manuscripts, rare materials, and archives. The collection serves the diverse teaching and research needs of the UC Berkeley Department of Music, which offers a general undergraduate major and graduate programs in musicology, ethnomusicology, and composition, as well as embracing a variety of performance activities.

The 44th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, which took place in San Francisco on February 11-13, 2011, had the theme of music and featured a special exhibit of rare musical books and manuscripts from the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library of the University of California, Berkeley. Images from the exhibit help illustrate the wealth of special materials available. For further information on Music Library collections please consult the select bibliography concerning UCB Music Library collections and special holdings, as well as the informal discussion of the first fifty years of collection building at the Berkeley Music Library, 1947-1997.

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Use of the Collections

The majority of materials in the Hargrove Music Library—with the notable exception of sound and video recordings, periodicals, microforms, and special collections—circulate for use outside the library. Borrowing materials requires a current UC Berkeley Library card. For UCB students a valid UCB photo ID acts as a library card. Other borrowers must have a current library card issued by the Privileges Desk at Doe Library. Visitors are welcome to use collections on site.

The catalog of the Music Library's holdings, excluding certain special collections, can be consulted online using either Melvyl, the union catalog of University of California Libraries, or UC Berkeley's local catalog, OskiCat. Archival Finding Aids provide greater description of the Music Library's more than 85 archival collections focusing on the history of music in the San Francisco Bay Area. Manuscript holdings are partially described in RISM A/II and in several printed catalogs.

Material in open stacks (Upper and Lower Floors) is arranged according to the Library of Congress classification. (For a more detailed list of the M classification, see LC Classification for Printed Music as well as summary tables for M, ML or MT.) The location of materials within the building is indicated on individual floor plans of the ground level, entry (first) level, and upper (second) levels. Special materials are obtained at the locations indicated in the following table.

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Archives Reference Desk allow two workdays
M-F, 9am - 4:45pm
restricted use
Manuscripts Reference Desk M-F, 9am - 4:45pm
restricted use
Case X Circulation Desk M-F, 9am - 4:45pm
restricted use
Case M/Mb Circulation Desk restricted use
Multiple Copies Circulation Desk Music Library hours
NRLF Circulation Desk or
OskiCat Catalog
allow two workdays
Reserves Circulation Desk Music Library hours
Sather Tower Circulation Desk allow two workdays
Sound/Video Recordings Circulation Desk Music Library hours
Sound/Video Equipment Listening Room,
Entry Level
Music Library hours
Unbound Periodicals Display Shelves,
Upper Level
Music Library hours

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