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Music Resources: Reference Services

When is Reference Service Available?

Reference service is available ANY TIME a full-time staff member is present and available in the Music Library, which during the Fall and Spring semesters, is generally Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Hours may be different during the Summer semester.  Simply go to the service desk and ask for a full-time staff member to assist you with a reference question. If you come to the Music Library when full-time staff are not available, our student staff will take your information and refer you to the Music Librarian for further assistance. You may also ask a question or make an appointment with the Music Librarian by calling (815) 753-9839 or by email.

Music Library Reference Service

Professional librarians, who are members of the University faculty, assisted by library operating staff, provide reference and information service to members of the University community, including students, faculty, staff, and community members. As the Music subject specialist librarian for the NIU Libraries, Abbey Thompson can help you find the information, book, article, or resource that you seek! Need help with your search strategies? Can't find anything on your topic, or need assistance refining that paper topic? Don't know where to start? Come see the Music Librarian!

What Can Reference Service Do For Me?

Our professional librarians can help you find information such as:

  • Identification and location of books, scores, sheet music, recordings, and other items in the NIU Libraries, or other libraries
  • Translations and pronunciation guides for vocal music
  • Identification and location of periodical articles, online and in print
  • Identification and location of images of manuscripts and music-related art
  • Contact information for living musical personalities and organizations
  • Identification of tunes
  • Proper citation styles for academic papers
  • Answers to questions about musical works, composers, musicians, musical instruments, and other topics
  • Analyses of musical works
  • How to use Interlibrary-Loan and I-Share
  • Many other topics!

Music Cataloging Librarian

Sarah Holmes, Music Cataloging Librarian

Sarah joined the NIU faculy in July of 2016 as our Music Cataloger. She will also attend to Music Librarian duties on a part-time basis until the position is filled.