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Loeb Music Library

Loeb Music Library Collections


The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library is the primary repository of musical materials at Harvard. The library's general collections include about 91,000 books, 143,000 scores, 83,000 sound recordings and video formats, and nearly 1,080 periodical titles that support research in a wide variety of musical disciplines including historical musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, composition, and historically informed performance practice. In addition, the Isham Memorial Library houses a collection of 8,250 rare books and scores and 31,200 microforms. Virtually all materials are cataloged in the HOLLIS catalog. Audio-visual materials are non-circulating; however, Harvard Music Department faculty and teaching fellows may borrow these materials for two weeks for class preparation.

Other music collections at Harvard include those of the Houghton Library (antiquarian materials); the Harvard Theatre Collection (documents and artifacts for the study of theatre, dance, and opera); Lamont Media in the Lamont Library (circulating recordings and undergraduate materials); the Andover-Harvard Theological Library (hymns and hymnology); Widener Library (materials related to A.B. Lord's folklore studies); and The Hiphop Archive at Harvard University (part of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research).

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