Loeb Music Library

Books, Scores, and Periodicals Collection

The Loeb Music Library's general collection contains approximately 91,000 books supporting coursework in the Harvard University Department of Music as well as scholarship in a broad range of musical disciplines. Notable strengths of the collection include writings in historical musicology, music theory, and ethnomusicology. Current collecting also focuses on American vernacular musics including jazz, blues, and rock.

The 143,000 musical scores found in the general collection also serve to support scholarly research in music. Collection strengths include outstanding holdings in 18th and 19th century instrumental music, 19th century opera, early Western European music in modern editions, and Russian and Ukrainian music of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Collection development in 20th and 21st century music is also a priority, guided by the world-renowned composition faculty of the Harvard Department of Music.

The Loeb Music Library subscribes to nearly 1,080 periodical titles covering all aspects of music. The library's serials holdings constitute one of the most impressive collections anywhere in the world, ranging from a set of Dwight's Journal and other early 19th century publications, to a virtually complete set of Sovetskaia Muzyka. The library continues to add to its archived holdings of serials.

Questions and comments, including requests for new materials and inquiries about using the collections, may be directed to Liz Berndt-Morris via e-mail or at 617-998-5310.