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Music: Finding music in the Main Library

Subject support from Library Services for staff and students in Music

Where to find scores

Scores (classmarks beginning M) 

Scores which have been borrowed in the last five years are kept on the second floor in Zone 2B rows 12-15. Other scores are in the Research Reserve. Anthologies and collected editions (classmarks beginning with M2-M3) are on the third floor.

Miniature scores (classmarks beginning M1.M4)

Zone 2B rows 12-13.

Collected editions

Anthologies and collected editions (classmarks beginning M2 – M3) are kept on the third floor. They are in Zone 3A rows 22 – 26. These are for use in the library only.

Facsimiles

Shelved among collected editions at M2.2 but oversized ones are located at the end of the collected editions.

Folio scores (‘f ’)

Folios, that is to say really big ‘oversize’ scores are all in the Research Reserve. On Findit they have the prefix ‘f’ in front of the classmark.

 

Where to find books about music

Reference works, ie Encyclopaedias, Dictionaries, yearbooks

These are on the third floor in Zone 3A Row 16. They are for use in the library only.

Books about Music

Books about Music (classmarks beginning with ML or MT) are kept on the second floor if they have been borrowed in the last five years. They are on the second floor in Zone 2B Rows 15-20. Those which were last borrowed longer ago are in the Research Reserve.

Pamphlets (‘p’)

These are on the second floor in Zone 2B Rows 15.  On Findit they have the prefix ‘p’ in front of the classmark.

CDs, DVDs and Vinyl LPs

CDs and DVDs

CDs and DVDs can be found in the Media Room on the second floor Zone 2 C. CDs and DVDs which have not been borrowed in the last five years are in the Research Reserve

Vinyl LPs

All LPs are in the Research Reserve. Only those records which are on ResourceLists@Bham will be searchable through Findit. There is a card catalogue in the lobby outside the door to the Research Reserve which you can use to find out which LPs we have.

Journals

Journals (also called Periodicals or Serials)

Most journals are available online through http://www.findit.bham.ac.uk but some are only available in print format. Recent volumes of print only subscriptions are kept on the third floor. Other volumes are in the Research Reserve. They are on the third floor in Zone 3B Row 1

Microfilms and microfiche

These are in the Research Reserve.

Floor Guide

Third Floor

Reference works Zone 3A Row 16

Collected editions Zone 3A rows 22 – 26.

Print only journals Zone 3B Row 1

Second Floor

Scores Monographs (books about music) Zone 2B Rows 15-20.

Ground floor

Here you can collect books which your have reserved from the Research Reserve or recalled from another user.

Research Reserve

Anything not borrowed in the last five years

Oversize (folio) items

Microfilms

Note: Because stock in the Research Reserve is being rearranged it is not possible to give details of which Zones contain music.