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Music Library: 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. 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 is 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 email or by calling (815) 753-1426.

General questions can be directed to (815)753-1426, or

Research help

Music Library Reference Service

Professional Librarians, who are members of the University Faculty and assisted by Library Operating Staff, provide reference and information services to members of the University community, including students, faculty, staff, and Dekalb community members.

As the Music Subject Specialist Librarian for the NIU Libraries, Sarah Holmes 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? Just ask the Music Librarian!

Email Sarah directly at

Have a question and don't know who to ask?  Email

What Can Reference Service Do For Me?

Our professional librarians can assist you finding all the information related to the following:

  • Identification and location of books, scores, sheet music, recordings, and other items throughout all the NIU Libraries
  • How to use and request items through Interlibrary-Loan and I-Share
  • Translations and pronunciation guides for vocal music
  • Identification and location of periodical articles, online and in print
  • Proper citation styles for academic papers
  • Answers to questions about musical works, composers, musicians, musical instruments, and other topics
  • Many other topics!

Music Librarian

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Sarah Holmes
Music Building 175
Subjects: Music