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Elder Music Library Guide to Services

| Locating Material | Collections | How to get help | Borrowing | Loan Periods | Extensions | Photocopying and Scanning  | Audio and Video Facilities |

Locating Material 

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You can find physical items (books, journals, scores, CDs, DVDs or LPs) in the Elder Music Library by searching Library Search on a computer or mobile device. Take note of the call number and location, so that you know where to look!


If you have a University login, you can access all subscription online databases, electronic journals, etc. via Library Search or via the Resources Guide (link on the left side-bar). These will be available to you on and off campus.

If you don't have a University login, you can access a good number of electronic resources from the Public-Access computers in the University Libraries, but you will not otherwise have access to subscription material.

Physical Collections

Main Collection - Books and journals - available for loan

Reference Collection - Dictionaries, encyclopaedias, indexes, abstracts and other reference texts -  not available for loan

Performing Scores - Instrumental and vocal scores suitable for performance - available for loan

Miniature Scores - Scores with type reduced in size (also known as Study Scores) - available for loan

Monumenta - Multi volume composers' collected works,  historical and monumental sets.  Only available for loan to academic staff and advanced level students.

Recorded Discs - Analogue discs (LP records) shelved in two sequences in the listening area.

CDs and DVDs - Digital discs - empty cases shelved at the end of the Main Collection - available for loan. Take the empty case to the Loans Desk to get the disc.

Reserve (High Use) Collection -  Books, scores and A/V materials in high demand,  normally placed in Reserve at the request of a lecturer.

Reserve Collection items are available at the Loans Desk.  You may borrow two items at a time for three hours to use in the Library. You may borrow two Reserve Collection books for overnight use one hour before the Library closes. Items borrowed overnight are due back in the Library immediately on the next day that the Library is open.

Don't leave a Reserve item unattended in the Library - it remains your responsibility while it is on loan to you.


How to Borrow
Take the items you wish to borrow and your University ID Card (or library card) to the Loans Desk.

If the item you want is already out on loan you should place a Request on the item. (Loan periods are generous, so you need to generate a Request so that the item will be returned. You will then receive an email when the requested item is available).

Returning Items
Remember to return the item or extend the loan on or before the due date. Items can be returned through the chute inside the Library at the Loans Desk.  There is an after-hours return chute on the right side of the front door to the Library.  Wherever possible avoid returning CDs through the chutes as their cases are fragile and damage easily. Alternatively, you may return items at the Barr Smith Library.

Loan Periods

The Library's loan period for most categories is now 10 weeks.  There are restrictions, however, with regard to Reference and Reserve Collection items, unbound journals, orchestral, big band and concert band scores with sets of parts, collected editions/monumental sets and LP records.  If you have any queries relating to these materials ask one of the librarians.


You can extend a loan through MyLibrary, by telephone (8313 3686) or by taking the item to the Loans Desk before the due date. A loan cannot be extended if another user is waiting for the item - if another user places a Request on an item for which you have an extension, you will be asked to return it immediately.

How to get help

If you are in the Library, please ask at the Loans Desk - we are happy to help!

If you are off campus, please phone 8313 3686 or email

Printing, Photocopying and Scanning 

Printing and Photocopying

Scanning to USB device is available from the photocopier. Instructions for scanning are posted near the machine. Your USB needs to be in FAT format. Please note that some USB brands - particularly novelty USBs - may not be useable with the photocopying machine. There is no charge for scanning.

Audio and Video Facilities

There are a number of carrels in the listening area containing audio equipment. Headphones are available from the Loans Desk. There is also a small selection of portable audio equipment available at the Loans Desk which can be borrowed from the Library for short periods of time. Video facilites are available in the Library for use with material from the collection. Audio and video facilities are normally only available to staff and students from the Elder School of Music.



Quick Links

Naxos Music Library
Grove (Oxford Music Online)
Music Index
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