Founded in 1947 as a branch of the University Library, the Music Library was located on the second floor of Morrison Hall from 1957 until July 6, 2004, when the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library opened to the public. Its collections today contain some 200,000 volumes of books and printed music, 50,000 sound and video recordings, and 30,000 microforms in addition to extensive special holdings of manuscripts, rare materials, and archives. The collection serves the diverse teaching and research needs of the UC Berkeley Department of Music, which offers a general undergraduate major and graduate programs in musicology, ethnomusicology, and composition, as well as embracing a variety of performance activities.
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The majority of materials in the Hargrove Music Library—with the notable exception of sound and video recordings, periodicals, microforms, and special collections—circulate for use outside the library. Borrowing materials requires a current UC Berkeley Library card. For UCB students a valid UCB photo ID acts as a library card. Other borrowers must have a current library card issued by the Privileges Desk at Doe Library. Visitors are welcome to use collections on site. Access to special collection and rare resources may only be available during the reference desk hours, M-F 10-Noon and 1-4pm; exceptions to these viewing hours are at the discretion of the attending librarian.
Music Library's holdings, excluding certain special collections, can be discovered online using UC Library Search. Archival Finding Aids provide greater description of the Music Library's more than 125 archival collections focusing on the history of music in the San Francisco Bay Area. Manuscript holdings are partially described in RISM A/II and in two printed catalogs available in the Reference Room.
Catalog of pre-1900 vocal manuscripts in the Music Library, University of California at Berkeley / John A. Emerson. Berkeley : University of California Press, c1988. ML136.B47 E63 1988
Thematic catalog of a manuscript collection of eighteenth-century Italian instrumental music in the University of California, Berkeley, Music Library / by Vincent Duckles and Minnie Elmer, with the assistance of Pierluigi Petrobelli ; foreword by David D. Boyden. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1963. ML136.C3 B4D8
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Material in open stacks (upper and lower floors) is arranged according to the Library of Congress classification. Detailed lists of the Music classifications, summary tables for M, ML and MT, are posted at the ends of bookstacks throughout the building. The location of materials within the building is indicated on individual floor plans of the ground level, entry (first) level, and upper (second) levels. Special materials are obtained at the locations indicated in the following table.
Availability [Fall & Spring Semesters]
|Archives||Reference Desk||by appointment
M - F, 10am - noon & 1pm - 4pm
|Manuscripts||Reference Desk||M - F, 10am - noon & 1pm - 4pm|
|Case X||Circulation Desk||M - F, 9am - 4:45pm
|NRLF||UC Library Search||allow three workdays|
|Sound/Video Recordings||Circulation Desk||Music Library hours|
|Sound/Video Equipment||Listening Room,
|Music Library hours|
|Unbound Periodicals||Display Shelves,
|Music Library hours|
General borrowing information is found at the Doe Library site on Using the Libraries | Borrow. Borrowiing periods for music materials are listed below. Access to special collection and rare resources may only be available during the reference desk hours, M-F 10-Noon and 1-4pm; exceptions to these viewing hours are at the discretion of the attending librarian.
|Faculty||Graduate Students||Undergraduate Students||Borrowing Card|
|Books/Scores||Six Months||Three Months||Three Months||One Month|
|One Week||One Week||One Week|
|CD Sound Recordings / Audio Cassettes||One Week||One Week||One Week||One Week|
|LPs / Vinyl||One Week||One Week||One Week||One Week|
|CD ROMs||One Week||One Week||One Week||One Week|
|Video Discs / Video Tapes||One Week||One Week||One Week||One Week|
|Multiple Copies||Six Months||Three Months||Three Months||One Month|
|Microforms||Library Use Only||Library Use Only||Library Use Only||Library Use Only|
|Case X||Library Use Only||Library Use Only||Library Use Only||Library Use Only|
|Two Hours||Two Hours||Two Hours||Two Hours|