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Music Library: "open"


Beginning June 21st, 2021, the Music Library will begin allowing NIU faculty, staff, and students access to our physical stacks. Everyone may still request items online to be picked up at our circulation desk.  There will not be any in-house studying. 

Our hours will remain limited (four half days M & T 1-5pm & W & Th 9-1pm).  


Below you will find detailed information on our services and how you can access our materials. 

Circulating Physical Items

Following RAILS guidelines, we are no longer quarantining materials.


 We ask that you do not clean the items in any way
as this may damage them. 

Summer 2021:

  • NIU faculty, staff, and students can browse our stacks during open hours OR:
  • Items can be requested online, and -
    • requests can be made via Huskie Search
    • Please plan for a one-week turn-around
    • Note that all IShare and all WorldCat libraries are not open, and requests may take longer to be filled
  • Item pick up
    • choose location
      • Music Library 
        • Mondays & Tuesdays 1pm - 5pm
        • Wednesdays & Thursdays 9am-1pm
        • Items will be held for 3 weeks then returned to stacks
      • Founders Memorial Library Circulation Desk
        • M-F 9am-5pm
      • Founders Memorial Library Lockers
        • M-F 6 am-10 pm 
        • Items will be held for 48 hours

Access to items that don't circulate

Use of noncirculating items
(reference, reserve, Msets, etc.)
through summer 2021

  • Request in writing via email must be made to the Music Librarian or
  • Patron will receive a response within 48 hours
  • The Music Librarian will make a decision on the possibility of the request
  • Digitization will take priority, if possible
    • Patron should expect at least a week's processing time
  • If permitted in the library, a time frame will be agreed upon
  • Patrons will be assigned a work area and items will be brought to them
  • Patron will be required to wipe down surfaces after use

Virtual Services

Research and Reference Assistance

  • Virtual until at least end of summer 2021
    • Schedule a Teams chat with Sarah or Kate
    • email questions to and Sarah or Kate will reply within 48 hours
    • email questions to Sarah ( or Kate (
    • quick catalog questions, reference questions, or just a nice chat call the circ desk/Kate at 753-1426
    • Sarah may be reached at 753-9839