This guide was created by MPAL GA Mandi Goodsett in Spring 2012 and was updated by MPAL GA Amanda Crego-Emley in Summer 2022.
Welcome to the Music & Performing Arts Library (MPAL) at the University of Illinois!
There are many different libraries on campus - some with materials from across all disciplines, like the Main Library, and some with more specialized, discipline-specific collections. All are open to undergraduate and graduate students alike, and you should feel encouraged to explore them all throughout your time here!
The Music & Performing Arts Library is a specialized unit library that focuses on music, dance, and theatre materials.
MPAL supports a wide range of advanced programs in the School of Music, Department of Dance, and Department of Theatre, and collects widely in all three areas. MPAL’s reference collection is extensive, and the Library has current subscriptions to many electronic resources in music, dance, and theatre. Bringing together these three areas, the Library facilitates interdisciplinary dialogue between performers of all kinds.
This guide provides some tips and resources for international students (or other students!) who need a little extra help doing college-level research at the Music & Performing Arts Library. Organized into several main tabs (to the left), the guide pinpoints specific areas for which International students may find more guidance useful:
If you have any questions about research or using the Library, you can get help in-person at the service desk or remotely via chat or email. You can also use the buttons bellow to schedule an appointment or research consultation with one of MPAL's librarians to meet one-on-one and discuss your research.