The Colburn Library, located on the second floor of the Olive Building, houses a circulating collection of books, scores and parts, recordings, and online subscription resources available to all students on campus, as well as links to useful supplemental internet resources. The Library also has an extensive collection of reference titles including collected editions, facsimiles, and other print reference sources. The Library’s recordings include compact discs of the classical repertoire and jazz, and a DVD collection of music and dance performances and movies.

Access and Policies

Using the Colburn Library While the School is Closed

During the fall semester while the campus is closed, we will make every effort to get you the materials you need in support of the studio and classroom. Most services we usually offer are still available, with the possible exception of Interlibrary Loan; many libraries will not be providing this service at the current time. The basic services we can continue to provide are outlined here:

Colburn Library Books, Scores, and Parts
Available by contacting Debbie Smith at Plan ahead, as there could be at least a week wait time, but we will try to get materials to you as quickly as possible either through scanning or mail.

Digital Resources
Audio, video, and text are available via the Digital Resources page. If you have any trouble gaining access to any resource, please contact Debbie Smith at

Interlibrary Loan
During the pandemic, many schools have suspended interlibrary loan services. If you have need of a score that we don’t own, please submit the Interlibrary Loan form on the Services page. We will make every effort to obtain it for you, but realize that it may be difficult.

Research Assistance
Research assistance is available to all students during this time. Contact Debbie Smith at with your needs and we will set up a Zoom meeting or another way to get you the information and materials you need.

Overdue Fines
During this time, we are not charging overdue fines. However, if you are mailed a score, it will have a due date and we ask that you make every effort to return it by that time.

Course Reserves
All course materials will be available through your individual course pages on Canvas.

The Library’s online catalog, its streaming audio resources, and its online print databases are accessible at all times from anywhere in the Colburn School through the school’s website. For assistance in finding materials, using the online resources, and other information needs, please contact Library Director Deborah Smith at

Borrowing Policies
Conservatory Students
CSPA/Academy Students
Circulating books and scores
6 weeks; two 3-week renewals allowed
6 weeks; one 3-week renewal allowed
12 weeks
Audio visual materials
24 hours; no renewals
Library use only
One week
All reserve materials
3 hours
3 hours
24 hours
All reference materials
Library use only
Library use only
24 hours


Overdue Charges

Overdue charges are accrued at the rate of $.20/day. Materials that are 30 days or more overdue will be charged for replacement. While the campus is closed due to COVID-19, overdue charges are being waived. All materials will be due when the campus reopens, and missing items will be charged for replacement.

Library Hours

When campus reopens

Monday and Friday, 9 am–5 pm
Tuesday–Thursday, 9 am– 7 pm
Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
Sunday, Closed

Hours may vary during school breaks.

Library Staff Contact Information

Deborah Smith, Library Director