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Welcome to the library subject guide for Music. This is a selective guide to help you conduct your music research, as well as find repertoire for your instrument, and recommended links to key sources of information. Use the tabs on the left to navigate through the various recommended resources, depending on your research need.

Where possible, Queen's University Library has what you need through Omni. Discover the features of Omni in our quick search guide.

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Navigate the Music Collection

Floorplan: Stauffer 2nd floor

Items are arranged according to the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CLASSIFICATION scheme: Class M for Music and Books on music.

Generally, items are shelved alphabetically in author order within each subject class number. Class M (MUSIC) consists of 3 main sections:

  • M - Scores. Scores are shelved in 3 sections, by size: miniature (study scores), regular stacks and oversize.
  • ML - Books on music literature, history and criticism. The BIOGRAPHY/CRITICISM number for composers is ML410. Books are grouped in alphabetical order by the biographee/subject. e.g Bruckner ML410 .B88
  • MT - Books on Music Theory, Teaching/pedagogy or Technique for instrumental/vocal study