Music Library Information

Description | Loan Periods | Gifts & Donations | Hours | Personnel


The Music Library is the premier music resource for the WIU campus and the Western Illinois region.


108 Sallee Hall


Please see Music Library Parking for Visitors


(309) 298-1105


The Music Library collection comprises books about music, musical scores, video and sound recordings in various formats, and music journals. Although the collection focuses on Western art music from the Middle Ages to the present, it also includes materials which support the School of Music curriculums in music therapy, music business, jazz, popular music and world music. In addition, the library has access to a number of music-related databases and indexes, as well as two streaming audio services.

In addition to its primary constituency (The School of Music), the library also seeks to serve the music-related needs of the WIU campuses and the tri-states region by providing a comprehensive collection of musical genres.

Listening Equipment:

Nine listening stations are available for use in the Music Library. Equipment is installed for playing CDs, CD-ROMS, DVDs, Videos, Cassettes, and LPs.


Loan Periods

Scores Undergraduates Graduates Staff Faculty
Ms 4 weeks 8 weeks 16 weeks 16 weeks
M2s & M3s no circulation no circulation no circulation 1 week
Books Undergraduates Graduates Staff Faculty
Books 4 weeks 8 weeks 8 weeks 16 weeks
MTe Books 1 week 1 week 1 week 1 week
Periodicals do not circulate (except by permission) 3 days
Reference Books do not circulate (except by permission)
AV Materials Undergraduates Graduates Staff Faculty
CDs & LPs 3 days 2 weeks 2 weeks 4 weeks
Recital CDs 1 week 1 week 1 week 4 weeks
DVDs & VHSes 2 weeks 2 weeks 2 weeks 2 weeks
CD-ROMs 3 days 2 weeks 2 weeks 4 weeks
Other Materials Undergraduates Graduates Staff Faculty
Reserves 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours 1 week
Restricted 2 hours 1 week 1 week 1 week 


Gifts & Donations

The Music Library is pleased to consider gifts of items in all media that will enhance the music collection. However, due to space and ‘philosophical’ constraints, there is a need to be selective about what is accepted. In general, copies of items that the library already owns will not be added, unless to replace an existing copy in poor shape. Since the main focus of the library is to support the curricula needs of the Music Department and its students, certain items, for example: collections of Victorian parlor music, popular sheet music, and outdated materials such as old textbooks or computer manuals, cannot be accepted. Outdated media such as LPs and videotapes are also not acceptable unless, at the discretion of the Music Librarian, they are adjudged to possess intrinsic value. Gifts are not “free” to the library in the sense that time and money is expended in cataloging, processing, and possibly binding them.

Items donated but not added to the collection may be disposed of in various ways. They may be returned to the donor, or included in fundraising endeavors such as the library’s book sale, or they may be offered to students gratis.

It is recommended that potential donors contact the Music Librarian (309-298-1105) to discuss the materials they are considering giving.

On receipt of gifts, a “Gift Donation Receiving Report” is filled out and forwarded to WIU University Libraries’ Acquisitions unit, and a copy is sent to the WIU Foundation Office. The donor will then receive a receipt from that 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.



Monday 8am-10pm
Tuesday 8am-10pm
Wednesday 8am-10pm
Thursday 8am-9pm
Friday 8am-4:30pm
Saturday 1pm-5pm
Sunday 1pm-9pm
Holidays, Breaks and Exceptions



Mallory Sajewski
Music Librarian
Sandra McVey
Library Specialist