Welcome to the Music and Performing Arts Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This guide is designed to serve as an orientation to the Library for new dance, music, and theatre students. Please take a look around (see the tabs across the top) and stop by and visit us in the Library. We're always happy to help!
We have books, music scores, periodicals, CDs, DVDs, technology, and other materials that you can use for research and enjoyment. Most of our materials, including CDs and DVDs, can be borrowed of the Library (for free) using your iCard. We have computers with software for researching and writing your papers and wireless access and open seating areas if you'd prefer to bring a laptop.
MPAL in Pictures (University Library Flickr)
We have a separate guide (below) that covers the complexities of searching the library catalog for music materials. It also clarifies what various music print and audio-visual formats are and how to tell what you're looking at when you've found an item in the catalog.