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Library support for music-related research typically begins with conversations–we like knowing what you are working on–and a review of strategies for searching within as well as beyond our collections.

The Music collection supports in-depth scholarly inquiry into Western art music and has significant, and increasing, holdings that support advanced inquiry into non-Western art music and traditional and popular music of many cultures. Rich in scores, recordings, videos, books, journals, microfilm and reference works, portions of our core collection also exist in online versions.

While your search of Music’s collections might begin in the catalog, it may deepen through music-specific or general databases, research guides, and traditional print sources. We can help you with choice, navigation, management of results, and interlibrary loan options.

Walk in for quick reference help or to set up an appointment. You may also reach us directly at (617) 353-3705 or musiclib@bu.edu.