- Music Librarian
- (309) 298-1105
- Library Specialist
- (309) 298-1105
About the Music Library
The Music Library houses a collection which includes over 12,000 books on music; 18,000 performing, study, and scholarly scores; 11,000 recordings; 500 videos/DVDs; and about 50 print periodical titles as well as electronic access to many more. Although the collection focuses on Western art music from the Middle Ages to the present, it also supports the School of Music’s curriculums in music education, music therapy, music business, musical theatre, jazz, popular music, and world music. In addition to the physical collection, the Music Library offers access to a number of music-related databases and indexes, as well as two streaming audio services.
The Music Library has four large tables that will seat groups ranging from three to ten, six study carrels, and a selection of soft seating. Twelve computers (ten PCs and two Macs) provide audio, video, and online research access. One computer has Finale 2014 and a MIDI keyboard installed. Additional equipment includes a small TV to view videos and DVDs, two black and white printers, and one scanner.
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Below are links to guides created by the Music Librarian to help you with your research. These guides serve as an introduction to the many resources available to you through the Music Library and beyond.
General Music Guide
Guides for Specific Courses
Guides for Specific Topics
Databases & Indexes
Oxford Music Online is the access point for Grove Music Online, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music.
***Please remember to log out when you are done, as our license allows for a limited number of users. If you are unable to access Oxford, please wait a few minutes and then try again.
IIMP provides indexing and abstracting for more than 425 international music periodicals, and full text for around 140 journals. The database currently includes over 770,000 article records. While the majority of journal articles are from 1996 onward, IIMP also includes records from as early as 1874. IIMP covers the full spectrum of music, including music education, performance, ethnomusicology, musical theatre, music business, music therapy, music theory, popular music forms, and composition.
JSTOR offers access to retrospective issues of selected core scholarly journals in many disciplines, including music. It includes full-text access to about 50 music journals, and partial or citation level access to many more.
IPA Source is the web’s largest collection of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts. It includes more than 11,000 titles by more than 900 composers.
Streaming Audio Services
Naxos Music Library is the world’s largest online classical music library. It currently provides access to more than 113,000 CDs, with more than 800 new CDs added every month. Contents can be searched by composer, work, genre, and label; by keyword search; and by an advanced search engine with up to 11 combined search criteria. Users can create personalized playlists and even listen on the go with Naxos Music Library’s iPhone and Android mobile apps. A vast array of background information is available, including audio book transcriptions, opera libretti and synopses, a pronunciation guide and glossary, an overview of important musical terms, work details and analyses, and classical music podcasts. ***Please remember to log out when you are done, as our license allows for a limited number of users. If you are unable to access Naxos, please wait a few minutes and then try again.
The WIU Music Library has been archiving digitized recordings of recitals from the School of Music since the fall semester of 2013. Current recitals are added as they are received, and older recitals are in the process of being digitized and then added. The digitized recordings and their programs are available to current students and faculty through this archive. Users can search for recordings by title, performer, composer, or date.
Giving to the Music Library
The Music Library primarily serves the Western Illinois University School of Music, supporting its six undergraduate degree programs, ten graduate programs, and three minors. We play an integral role in each student’s learning experience, as they rely on us for access to books, scores, and media items; research assistance and instruction; group and quiet study spaces; and printers, scanners, and audiovisual equipment. Through your past generous support, each year we:
- Welcome over 32,000 visitors
- Check out nearly 5,000 materials
- Answer over 600 reference questions
- Provide library instruction and services to over 200 music majors, as well as many other students taking music electives or performing in WIU ensembles
Every gift makes a difference!
There are many different ways to give to the Music Library. You can make a gift today, make a pledge to give over time, or develop a giving plan.
Our two current funding priorities include:
Expanding the Collection
The acquisition of new books, scores, CDs, DVDs, and online listening subscriptions is required to most effectively support the curricula of WIU School of Music. The ever-increasing inflationary rate to purchase new materials demands a strong collection development budget, which is currently not supported by state funds.
Revitalizing Library Spaces
Students visit the Music Library not just to check out materials, but to use our equipment, study alone or with a group, or simply take a few moments to relax between classes. To support these needs, we must continue to upgrade both our equipment and our environment. Our top priority at this time is a high quality, dedicated scanner.
To make a donation online, visit the University Libraries’ Development page. At the bottom of the form, make sure to designate your gift to the Music Library!
To discuss other giving opportunities, please contact Suzanne Woodward, Development Director for University Libraries, by phone at (309) 298-2356 or by email at S-Woodward@wiu.edu.
Gifts of Materials
The Music Library accepts gifts of items that will enrich and enhance the music collection. However, due to space constraints and processing costs, there is a need to be selective about what is accepted. Gifts are not “free” to the library in the sense that time and supplies are expended in cataloging, processing, and possibly binding them.
All donations will be reviewed by the Music Librarian for potential inclusion in the Music Library’s collection. All items will be checked to determine whether the titles are already in the Music Library’s collection or on order. In general, second copies will not be added, except as approved by the Music Librarian. Titles not in the Music Library’s collection will be reviewed and accepted or rejected based on the Music Library’s collection development policy.
Items that are not added to the collection may be included in fundraising endeavors to benefit the Music Library, such as a book sale.
Upon receipt of gifts, a “Gift Donation Receiving Report” is filled out by Music Library staff and copies are forwarded to the WIU University Libraries’ Acquisition Unit and the WIU Foundation Office. The donor will then receive a receipt from the WIU Foundation Office listing the sum of the items received. Neither the University nor the Music Library will give appraisals of items for tax purposes, except for a nominal sum of $5.00 per item for books, scores, CDs, and video recordings; and of $1.00 per item for paperback books and unbound sheet music.
Inquiries about donating items to the Music Library should be directed to the Music Librarian, Mallory Sajewski, by phone at (309) 298-1105 or by email at ML-Sajewski@wiu.edu. Arrangements for receiving the donations will then be made.
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