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Music in Paddock is organized using the Library of Congress Call Number System, which divides music into three classes: M for printed music and recordings, ML for music literature, and MT for music theory.  Some music-related materials fall into other LC classes, including the following:

  • BV = hymns
  • GV = dance music
  • KF = music business, music law
  • ND = art and music
  • PN = film music
  • PR = songs, ballads
  • TK = recording technology and techniques*

Some of our more prominent sections are listed below, next to their call numbers to aid in browsing the stacks.


Finding Books Available Online

**Please note that you do not have to use the Dartmouth VPN to search the library catalog.


Finding Physical Books/Requesting Scans of Books

The following instructions are for using the library search system at to find physical books. During Spring 2020, there will be no way to use physical copies of the books. However, you may requests scans of physical material using DartDoc. It is possible to limit your search to physical books in the music library. To do this, first click 'ADVANCED SEARCH.'

Next, use the dropdown menu for 'Material Type' to select 'Books.'

Now you can search by title, author, subject, etc. using the search bar following the dropdown menu called 'Any field.' You can refine your search by adding more lines of text. It is not recommended to use more than two or three lines when you are browsing. After you enter your text into these boxes, hit 'SEARCH.'

After hitting 'SEARCH,' scroll down and use the 'Libraries' tab on the left side of the page to refine your results to include only books in the Paddock Music Library.