The music library houses around 20,000 CDs, encompassing nearly every genre of music from classical to pop. Unlike streaming resources, CDs often include useful liner notes written by the performer or a musicologist, which are a great springboard for further research on a piece of music or composer. Patrons are welcome to browse these recordings in our open stacks. CDs can be found in the Library Catalog by limiting the format to 'Audio Recordings' and performing a keyword search for the artist, album title, genre, or individual track. Our desktop computers are equipped with CD and DVD drives and we have external hard drives available for use with personal laptops. Headphones are available at the circulation desk.
We have nearly 1,500 DVDs in our collection. These recordings include operas, ballets, documentaries, movie musicals, and more. DVDs are located behind the circulation desk in the music library, but patrons are welcome to come behind the desk to browse. We have a media room equipped with a big screen television and DVD player for private viewing.
Our collection of nearly 10,000 vinyl records is housed in our off-site storage facility. Listening to a vinyl recording allows you to hear historic recordings the way that listeners would have heard them for the first time. The quickest way to browse titles is to do a keyword search for "33 1/3 rpm" in the Library Catalog, limiting the location to DLD (Dartmouth Library Depository). To request an item, click on the "Request" button next to the item's title in the catalog. The record usually takes just one weekday to arrive in the library. We have a record player in the lounge and are happy to show you how to use it.