About the Music Library

The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library

General Contact Info [Staff Directory]
Music Library
Yale University Library
120 High Street
PO Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520-8240 USA
Phone: (203) 432-0492 FAX: (203) 432-7339
General and Reference Questions: musiclibrary@yale.edu
Issues with circulation, late fees, lost materials: MusicCirc@yale.edu

The Music Library is located within Sterling Memorial Library (Map); the entrance is on the first floor next to the Periodical Reading Room.  There are three levels.  A floor plan is available at the circulation desk. This page focuses on locations within the library.  See also our pages under Services.


Library room numbers

ML1-4 are in the basement, ML100-115 are on the main level, ML101M-108M are on the mezzanine level.


Locations within the Music Library:

Collection Locations
  • CD-ROMS are in closed stacks behind the circulation desk;
  • the circulating stacks of books and scores are in the basement; 
  • course reserves are on the main level near the circulation desk; recordings on reserve are shelved behind the desk;
  • the Historical Sound Recordings reference collection is in the basement (beyond the LC class B-L, N-Z regular and + sections)
  • the new books shelf is on the main level near the circulation desk;
  • the Periodicals Collection is split: current periodicals are on the main floor on display shelves and bound volumes are in basement (ML4); 
  • the Reference Collection of books and scores is on the mezzanine level; overflow Yale class reference materials, and M2 or M3 reference sets are in the basement (ML4);
  • the Recordings Collection is in closed stacks behind the Circulation Desk.
Exhibit areas
  • are on the main level and the mezzanine;
Printers, scanners & workstations
  • a Quick Lookup Computer Workstation is just inside the entrance;
  • Public Workstations may be found on the main level and in the basement;
  • two public scanners are on the main floor, one near the circulation desk, and the other in the alcove between ML112 and ML115;
  • a scanner/printer is in the alcove between Rooms ML112 and ML115 on the main floor.
Service Locations
  • the Circulation Desk is on the main level just inside the entrance;
  • the Office Suite is on the mezzanine level;
  • Reference Offices are on the main floor, beyond the circulation desk. 
Study Spaces
  • reading tables and armchairs in the Reference Room on the mezzanine level;
  • student carrels and lockers in the basement stacks;
  • the Harold E. Samuel Recordings Listening Area on the main level, with listening stations (with various combinations of CD players, cassette tape players, and turntables), four video & DVD stations, and a Clavinova;
  • the Rare Books Reading Room on the mezzanine level, inside the office suite.
Teaching Spaces
  • two seminar rooms on the main level (ML106 and ML107) and
  • the Historical Sound Recordings Seminar Room in the basement.