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About the Marvin Duchow Music Library

The Marvin Duchow Music Library is one of the most important academic music collections in Canada. The collection consists of over 150,000 volumes of musical scores, sound and video recordings, books and journals, as well as online resources representing all formats. One of the 13 branches of the McGill Library, the Music Library provides resources and services to support the performance, composition, research, and teaching programs of the Schulich School of Music. It also serves the McGill University community at large. Members of the general public are welcome to consult the Library.

Layout

The Music Library is located on three floors of McGill’s New Music Building, with the entry on the 3rd floor.

3rd floor

  • Scores collection
  • Oversized collection
  • Music reference collection
  • Rare materials and special collections

4th floor

  • Audio/video collections and equipment
  • Music production hardware and software

5th floor

  • Gertrude Whitley Performance Library
  • Music Student Computer Room
  • Books
  • Journals

Collection description

The Marvin Duchow Music Library is one of the most important academic music collections in Canada. Its mandate is to collect and provide access to the wide variety of materials needed to study musical works. As a result, the collection consists of printed scores, sound and video recordings, books and journals, as well as musical, textual, graphics-based, and multimedia data in a variety of formats.

At the subject level, historic Music Library collection strengths include Renaissance scores in modern scholarly editions, materials to support the study of Baroque performance practice, and works in the history of music theory. More recent collection development has focused on jazz sound recordings, 20th-century scores, and books and journals to support programmes and research in music technology and sound recording engineering.

Holdings in the Music Library Special Collections Room include the David Edelberg/Handel Collection; manuscript scores and correspondence of 20th-century composers Julius Schloss, Marvin Duchow, and Kelsey Jones; the opera vocal scores of Pauline Donalda; the papers of music critic Eric McLean; and numerous 18th- and 19th-century performing and study editions of German and French repertoire.

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