books in the library

The Colburn School Library houses approximately 24,000 scores and parts, 8,000 audio-visual materials, and 5,000 books; valuable resources to our students, faculty, and staff. You have access to complete editions of works by major composers, texts detailing music and dance history, and videos of various performances. One highlight, acquired in 2008, is the Theodore Lettvin Music Collection. Students can review the American pianist’s scores, complete with performance markings. There’s also Gregor Piatigorsky’s archive featuring the cellist’s personal music, correspondence, photos, and memorabilia. Other notable collections include the Frances and Eleanor Meyers Chamber Music Collection and the Heller Audio and Video Collection. And of course, we have archived Colburn School ensemble performances and master classes.

Library Catalog


Hours and Library Directory

Library Hours

May 29–June 1: 9 am–5 pm
June 2–August 5: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 12 pm–3 pm; closed Friday through Monday
August 6–28: Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm; closed Saturday and Sunday
* Regular hours resume on Wednesday, August 29.

The library is closed for various campus holidays.
Please call ext. 4542 to verify holiday hours.


Getting Your Library Card

Your Colburn ID is also your library card. Bring this with you whenever you wish to check something out of the library.


Contact Us

Library Circulation Desk
Ext. 4542

Library Reference Desk
Ext. 4538

Though checkout privileges are reserved for the Colburn community, the public is welcome to use our library and browse our collections. The public can make appointments by calling ext. 4540.