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Music: Resources

General guide to print and online resources for music studies

About the Performing Arts Library

The Blanche and Irving Laurie Performing Arts Library is located in the Douglass and Laurie Library on Douglass Campus. It is a comprehensive research facility for music, housing books, periodicals, scores, microfilm, and sound recordings. Current holdings include 47,264 scores and 51,006 books about music and music instruction. In addition to the databases discussed below, the libraries maintain access to hundreds of current and archived periodicals (journals, magazines, newspapers) in print and online, which can be found using the libraries' website (

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Music Indexes

A Directory of Digital Scholarship in Music (aka Music DH 2021)

The Directory of Digital Scholarship in Music  is an open-source bibliography of specialized digital resources and born-digital scholarship in music. Here you may tour the world of digital humanities in music, loosely interpreted. The entries in this directory were compiled over a period of three years: 2018-2021.

Audio databases

Online scores


If we don't have the article or book you need here at Rutgers don't give up! Request virtually any resource from libraries around the country and around the world withUBorrow, EZBorrow, or Interlibrary loan.

Other resources in the building

The music collections are on the middle floor of Douglass Library.  Recordings are held nearby in the Media Center

Douglass Library also houses the Fordham Multimedia Resource Laboratory, where Rutgers-affiliated patrons may use multimedia software including Finale, Sibelius, GarageBand, and other creative software tools. The Fordham Commons has the same multimedia software, as well as a makerspace with two 3D printers and a 3D scanner.


  • You can search RILM and Music Index together by connecting to one and clicking on choose databases.  Put a check mark next to Music Index and RILM, then click OK.
  • If we don't have the article you need here at Rutgers (either electronically or in print) don't give up!  Interlibrary Loan (ILL) can get a copy for you from another library.

ArtsJournal: Daily Arts News - Music

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