Welcome Colburn Students, Faculty, Staff and Guests!

The Colburn School Library moved from its small, one-room location in fall 2007 with the opening of the new wing of The Colburn School.

The beautiful new library houses a growing collection of approximately 24,000 scores and parts, 8,000 audio-visual materials, and 4,000 books. The Library's collection includes a substantial foundation of Western art music from all historical periods, complete editions of the works of major composers, as well as a core collection in the humanities and social sciences. The library facility includes Macintosh computers for research, listening, and viewing, study tables and carrels, and lounge seating for reading.

Users have access to many online resources, including the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, JSTOR, Medici. tv, Digital Concert Hall (Berlin Philharmonic), and the Naxos Music Library. In addition to the circulating collection, the library also houses the archive of Colburn School ensemble performances and master classes.

Acquired in 2008, the library owns the Theodore Lettvin Music Collection, which includes the American pianist's scores with performance markings and in 2014 the school acquired the Piatigorsky Archive, the personal collections of music, photos, and other memorabilia of famed cellist, Gregor Piatigorsky. Other collections held by the library include the Frances and Eleanor Meyers Chamber Music Collection and the Heller Audio/Video Collection.

Although check-out privileges are only available to Colburn School students, faculty and staff, the public is welcome to use the library and browse our collections.

Please use the menu on the left to find resources and assistance for your division as well as links to our online databases, streaming audio, and other pertinent web sites. Please note: online databases and streaming audio resources are only available for use on campus.

The public is welcome by appointment: 213.621.4540


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