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Scores & Recordings Frequently Asked Questions

Why can't I tape recordings for my own use?

For the most part, making tape copies of recordings you did not purchase yourself is illegal, even for so-called "educational purposes," without the written consent of the copyright holder(s). To ensure accordance with U.S. Copyright law, Title 17 of the U.S. Code, all of our cassette decks have been mechanically altered so that they cannot be used to record. This prevents users from making illicit copies of Wesleyan-owned material and protects us from potential copyright violation.

Where are all the books?

The majority of books about music (classed ML and MT) are in the Olin Stacks (floors 2 and 3a). However the Scores & Recordings Collection holds a small number of these books as well, while others may be found in the Cutter Collection (Science Library floor 2) and compact storage. Reference books for graduate-level study in music are located in Scores & Recordings (see map) while the Campbell Reference Center keeps general and undergraduate-level reference books. Scores & Recordings also has copies of Wesleyan masters theses and doctoral dissertations in music

Where are all the videos?

Music videos, except for World Music Archives material, are kept with the other library videos in the Reserve Room.

Where can I charge out this score/recording?

Phonograph recordings do not circulate outside the library except to faculty and graduate students, while CDs can be checked out by all students, faculty, and staff. Checkout for CDs is handled at the service window in Scores & Recordings.

Most scores (except for those in classifications M1-M3) circulate just like books, and can be checked out either at the Scores & Recordings service window or at the circulation desk on the first floor of Olin.

Can I browse through your CDs?

All of our CDs are kept behind the desk and are unavailable for browsing. First, the office is rather small and cramped, so there isn't the space to allow for it. Second, the CDs are not in jewel cases (again for space reasons), but rather are kept in thin, tyvek sleeves that do not show the spine label. Third, they are shelved in numerical sequence in the order cataloged, so like materials are not next to one another.

Nevertheless, one can browse CDs online. Go to the "Complex Search" screen of the CTW online catalog, scroll down to the "Search Limits" section and choose WU-MUSIC as the "library" and CD-AUDIO as the "itemtype" Then click on the "Search catalog" button. That will bring up all of the CDs in our collection, including those on order and those in process. Further limiting could be done by adding something to the "words or phrase" box at the top. For example, typing "jazz"  in that space would bring up all of Wesleyan's jazz CDs; typing "haydn and symphonies" would bring up all of the CD recordings we have of Haydn symphonies, be they by Franz Joseph or Michael. You may sort your search by author, title, year of publication, or call number.

Who decides what to buy?

The Music Librarian has primary responsibility for what music materials are acquired by the library and welcomes suggestions and requests for additional scores, recordings, and books. An online request form is also available from the Olin Library home page by following the "Purchase Recommendation" link.