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A General Guide to the Music Library

This guide will assist patrons in using the Cook Music Library in Fall 2020

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The Cook Music Library offers a variety of services. We can:

  • Help you find the materials you need. You can visit the circulation desk or the reference desk in person at the music library, or, try emailing mlcirc @ You can ask us things like "I need the score to the song 'Wouldn't It Be Loverly,' from My Fair Lady," or "Can you show me where all the Beethoven string quartets are in the library?"
  • ​Help you conduct research. Do you have a research project? We can help you find what you need. Visit the reference desk in person, or, email mistshaw @ for personal assistance.
  • Provide you Borrowing Privileges. Learn about borrowing periods for all of the Music Library materials.
  • Help you place Renewals on checkouts. Instructions on how to log into your library account to renew eligible items online.
  • Help you Request Holds: Need a book but can't get here right away? Want a book from another IU library? Learn about placing holds.
  • Borrow items from other libraries using Interlibrary Loan (ILL)Need something that you can't find at an IU library? Learn about how you can borrow from  other libraries, globally. 
  • Recall Items. Need something that's already checked out by another patron? Learn how to place a recall.
  • Discuss any Bills and Fines you accrue for overdue and lost items.
  • Help you sign up for Graduate CarrelsGraduate Jacobs School of Music students can apply for study carrels in the Music Library; visit our Carrels page for guidelines and an online application.
  • Provide the Order Suggestion FormThink we should add something to our collections? Let us know by filling out our Order Suggestion form.
  • Discuss our Employment opportunities. The Music Library hires most of our student workers prior to the Fall semester, but we can sometimes hire more throughout the year. Our Employment Opportunities page will have an active link when we're hiring!
  • Accommodate your Rush Cataloging Request. If you think the new item you ordered is stuck in a cataloging queue because you still cannot see it on the library shelf, you can request priority cataloging.
  • Help process your Course reserves. Are you an instructor who needs to put items on reserve in the music library? Learn about music library reserves requests.