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Music Research

This research guide helps you to navigate various in-print and online music resources for your upcoming performances, papers and projects.

Scores in Print

Most of the scores we have in print are on the 3rd floor, South Tower, of the Main Library.

  • Some scores beginning with a call number of M1, M2, or M3 may not be removed from the library.
  • Use the library catalog NUsearch to find scores. See the Library of Congress Guide below for info on call numbers.




All rare and unique scores are kept in the McCormick Library of Special Collections, Deering Library.

Library of Congress Guides

You'll need this information to locate scores and books in the Music Library. 

Digital Scores

Library & Archive Collections 

Digital score collections made available by libraries and archives. Freely available on the web, these are mostly digital versions of manuscripts and sheet music collections.

Web Resources

Scores made available by organizations not affiliated with a school, library or archives. Most of this is published music that is in the public domain.