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Music Library

The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library is located within Sterling Memorial Library. Enter on the first floor next to the Newspaper Room.

Teaching facilities include two seminar rooms on the main level and the Historical Sound Recordings Seminar Room in the basement.

Study facilities include reading tables and armchairs in the Reference Room on the mezzanine level; study carrels in the Periodicals Room on the mezzanine level and in the basement; the Harold E. Samuel Recordings Listening Area with 40 listening stations (with various combinations of CD players, cassette tape players, and turntables), two video stations, and a Clavinova on the main level; and a Rare Books Reading Room on the mezzanine level.

The music library’s holdings include approximately:

  • 100,000 scores and parts for musical performance and study
  • 70,000 books about music
  • 35,000 recordings on LP and compact disc
  • 7,500 microfilms of music manuscripts and scores
  • 45,000 pieces of sheet music
  • 50,000 photographs
  • 4,000 linear feet of archival materials
  • 425 active subscriptions to music periodicals
  • 19 active music database subscriptions.

Paper in the library include the works of composers formerly associated with Yale as teachers or students, including Charles Ives (B.A. 1898), Paul Hindemith (YSM faculty 1940–51), Quincy Porter, Howard Boatwright, Mel Powell, and many others. The library has individual manuscripts that include autograph manuscripts of J.S. Bach, Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, and Liszt.