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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MPAL COVID-19 Response: Services

This guide outlines services and resources available through the Music & Performing Arts Library during the COVID-19 response.

Music & Performing Arts Library

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Music and Performing Arts Library
1300 Music Building
1114 W. Nevada St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Subjects:Dance, Music, Theatre


Please note that all requests will take time to fulfill, so please plan accordingly!

Materials may be requested through the library catalog. We will attempt to fulfill all requests for materials with an electronic version. If no electronic version is available, you will be notified when the print material is available and ready for pickup. Print pickup is only available at the Main Library and the Grainger Engineering Library. Processing requests may take up to 14 days.

If you need access to the physical item for a specific reason (such as needing all of the parts for a piece of chamber music so that your ensemble can rehearse), please use the Additional Information box to provide your reason when placing your request in the catalog.

If you need access to materials that can't be requested, such as HathiTrust No Physical Access scores, reference books and scores, Special Collections materials, or items that require specific technology like microfilm, please email We will work with you to either provide remote access or a scheduled appointment to view the materials in MPAL. 

If you only need a chapter or portion of a larger work, please submit a Doc Express request for a scan. You will need the full citation, including page numbers, to place the request. Please send us an email if you need help tracking down this information. 

Accessing Online Resources

You may be denied access or asked to pay when you are trying to use materials off-campus that the Library has purchased or licensed. If this happens to you, use the following methods to access the resource:

  1. Connect to the database or online collection by starting at the Library website.
  2. Use the proxy bookmarklet
  3. Add the proxy prefix to the beginning of the URL you are trying to access: For example:
  4. Connect via the campus VPN using the "Tunnel All" setting. The VPN does not always work, so try options 1-3 if you run into issues. 

Please return all MPAL materials to the external drop boxes by the north entrance of the Music Building (across from the Krannert Center) or the internal ones just inside MPAL's gray doors. There is a dedicated return slot for media items and a separate one for books and scores.

picture showing external and internal return drop boxes for MPAL

The Music & Performing Arts Library is unable to provide study space, access to computers, or printing at the moment. Information about these services in other campus locations is below. 

Study Spaces



Although MPAL is not "open", we're still here to help you remotely! The easiest way to get in touch with us is by sending an email to

We've also launched a new chat service for Fall 2020! You can find information about service hours and chat with MPAL staff here: You can also use the chat box on this page. 

Our librarians can also meet with you virtually to discuss your research needs. Schedule an appointment using the buttons below.

During the COVID response, the Library is unable to offer access to traditional physical course reserves (such as entire books). In order to safely serve on-campus students, as well as students who may not be on campus, the Library encourages instructors to identify portions of printed works the Library can assist in making available digitally.

For complete works, the Library will try to provide digital access when such access is feasible and allowable under copyright law. Please email with purchase requests. Please note that electronic textbooks, anthologies, and scores are often not available for libraries to purchase.

For material not currently available in digital form, requests for digitization of portions of printed materials should be made through the Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery webpage. Since digitizing multiple works for multiple instructors will take time, the Library encourages instructors to submit requests as far in advance of the spring semester as possible.

Online Resource Trials


For the most up-to-date information about University Library services and policies, including the Music & Performing Arts Library, please see: