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Welcome to the Music Library!

Need to copy, print, check email, or get help with your research? ... We have all the resources you need right here in the Music Library!

Founders Memorial Library has created a LibGuide to help communicate important information from the University Libraries, and help with our digital resources during COVID-19.  Please check back frequently: 

The Music Library also has a LibGuide for virtual resources specific to music:



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Music Librarian

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Sarah Holmes
Music Building 175

Loan Periods, Due Dates, Renewals

NIU Faculty - 16 weeks loan period for most items

NIU Staff/Retiree - 16 week loan period for most items

Honors Undergraduate/Graduate Students - 16 week loan period for most items

Undergraduates - 4 week loan period for most items

Standard Courtesy Card (adult, yellow card) - 4 week loan period for most items


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Upcoming Music Library Hours

The Music Library will remain CLOSED to all patrons through June 29. 


Beginning June 30, the Music Library will reopen for 2 half days a week for Circulation and Pick Up needs:

Tuesdays from 12pm-4pm

Wednesdays from 9am-1pm


Please note: Items can continue to be picked up at Founders via the online catalog. Starting June 30th, items can be picked up at the Music Library during our open hours. For further information regarding the new library policies, visit


Please contact with any research requests, item requests, or library-related concerns.

Click here to see the NIU Libraries' calendar

What do we have in the Music Library?

  • 25,000+ music scores
  • 21,000+ books on music and
  • 10,000 recordings
  • Listening equipment
  • Headphones
  • Charging stations
  • Printer/Scanner/Copier
  • 3 public work computers
  • 10 public workstations equipped with music notation software
  • 8 private study rooms
  • 1 private group study space (ask about our 2nd floor classroom!)
  • "Chill Zone"