Category Archives: Uncategorized


FRIDAY, NOV 16, 6-8pm:


Please join us for a closing reception, for the exhibition of Medieval Music Facsimiles, which has been on display in the Music & Arts Library for Summer/Fall 2018. Ars Nota will sing from the original notation. Light refreshments will also be served. Hope to see you in the library!

Further details:

REMINDER: Sound Arts event “A Not So Quiet Space” is this Friday, 10/21, 6-8pm!

Hope that you can come join us for sound art installations and performances, by students in the MFA Sound Arts program, in the Music & Arts Library on Friday 10/21, from 6-8pm. Light refreshments will be served. Thought-provoking art will be on display – come feast your ears and eyes!

Details at:


Storm-related closure – Jan 23-24, 2016


Due to the snowstorm, the Music & Arts Library was closed on Sat, 1/23/16. The CU Libraries have decided that a limited number of libraries will open on Sun, 1/24/16, but several others, including the Music & Arts Library, will remain closed on Sunday.

Check the “Hours” page of the Libraries for updates on which libraries will be open for what hours:

Please note that (as of Saturday evening) not all hours listed there may be fully accurate. It’s highly advisable to call ahead, to confirm the hours before you visit.

Stay safe and warm!


You’re Invited! “Sound Art in the Library”, exhibition & reception, Fri 10/9/15, 6-8pm

Flyer_Image_PNGYou are cordially invited to a reception celebrating the opening of the exhibition “Sound Art in the Library”, on Friday Oct 9, 6-8pm, in the Music & Arts Library, 701 Dodge.

New works by Sound Arts MFA students Alice Baird, Dani Dobkin, Cameron Fraser, Ashley Grier, Geronimo Mercado, Chatori Shimizu, and Frank Springer will be featured, and will include interactive installations, screenings, and sound experiments. Click here for the full event flyer in PDF format: FLYER_Library_Sound. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is co-sponsored by the Music Dept., School of the Arts, and Columbia University Libraries.




Research Help is Available!

Got questions? Need help finding resources for your final projects and papers? We’re here to help!

Here are some ways to get in touch with questions:

– ask for a librarian at the circulation desk in the Music & Arts Library, 701 Dodge;

– schedule a time with us to sit down for an in-depth review of any resources, tools, or topics;

– email us at with questions, or to schedule a consultation with us;

– use the online reference chat service, available under “Ask a Librarian”, at this link;

A guide to some basic resources for music research and our library services is also available (as a PDF) at this link (

We’re happy to help you move forward with your end-of-semester work. Don’t hesitate to contact us!

HOURS UPDATE: Music & Arts Library CLOSED on Tue 10/30

   Everyone, an update to the hours, impacted by the storm. The Music & Arts Library (and all Columbia Libraries) will be closed on Tuesday, 10/30. We expect to re-open for normal hours on Wed, 10/31 but please stay tuned for possible updates. Note that Butler Library will remain open for basic study space access (no regular services). Music reference questions can continue to be sent to We will respond to the best of our abilities. Hope you all weather the storm safely and comfortably!

Proquest maintenance on Thu 5/5 affects IIMP (and others)

Proquest has announced scheduled maintenance on its databases, starting at 10pm on Thursday, 5/5, and lasting approximately 2 hours.

The principal music-related databases affected are the International Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP) and Proquest Digital Dissertations.

As an alternative, you can try Music Index Online and RILM. If you are looking for known music journal titles, you can also try searching the journal title in CLIO, for alternate electronic access through other vendors.

This will also impact “ProQuest platform products (including the new platform), ProQuest Historical Newspapers, American Periodicals Series, Genealogy and local history products including African American Heritage, Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest Online, Historic Map Works Library Edition, ProQuest Obituaries and Digital Sanborn Maps, UMI products including ProQuest Digital Microfilm and online dissertation products.”

Hopefully, Proquest will complete work as scheduled, and the disruption will not be too great. Thanks for your patience, and, please contact us at with any questions.