The online library catalog will also tell you whether the item is on the shelf or not. The best place to find this information is in the Get It section. Some examples of item statuses include:
On Shelf or Item in Place: this item should be on the shelf, but if an item says 'available' and it's not there, ask at the desk and we can help you track it down
Not Available or On Loan: someone already has this item, but you can request items that have been checked out through other means*
Backlog: we have the item but it hasn't been processed--ask for this at the desk and we can get it to you within about 2 days
Lost: this item has been marked lost because it is considerably overdue*
Out of Library or Missing: the last time someone tried to find this item on the shelf it wasn't there*
*Search in I-Share or place an ILL request for these items. You may also recommend a purchase.
Most books and scores can be checked out for 4 weeks (undergraduate students) or 16 weeks (graduate students, faculty, and staff) with 10 available renewals. CDs circulate for 1 week. More details can be found here:
Several other libraries on campus have materials relating to music, dance, or theatre. There are materials in the Main Stacks and several of the departmental libaries (e.g., the Main Library may have materials relating to music business, the Literatures and Languages Library has materials relating to theatre, the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library will have materials relating to education and kinesiology (dance)). In addition, many older, less-used items are in our off-site location (Location: Oak Street Facility [request only]) and many films are located in the Undergraduate Library (Location: Undergraduate Media Collection).
This tutorial was created in Fall 2020 by MPAL GA, David Floyd.
Once you find something in the results list that looks promising, open the full record for the item and take a look. Is the book available in more than one library and is it on the shelf? Make sure to note this before you make the trip over to the library.
The Music and Performing Arts Library uses both the Dewey Decimal Classification system and the Library of Congress Classification system for our call numbers. New items get LC numbers (GV: dance; M, ML, MT: music; PL, PN, etc: theatre) while older items have Dewey numbers. This means you may need to look in more than one place for items on your topic. The exception is the reference collection--all reference books and scores have LC numbers.
For more information about reading LC call numbers, see this guide.
Location: Music & Performing Arts Library Stacks
Location: Music & Performing Arts Library Media Collection
Location: Music & Performing Arts Library Plays Collection
Location: Music & Performing Arts Library Reference Non-circulating
Location: Music & Performing Arts Library Periodicals
Location: Music & Performing Arts Library Special Collection