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A guide to music resources at the UNLV Libraries.


How to Read Call Numbers

The UNLV Libraries use Library of Congress call numbers. All call numbers begin with a letter, and for music, they are as follows:

  • M     All musical scores will begin with the letter M. Scores are located in the Music Library
  • ML   Think of ML as standing for music literature, or books about music. These can include dictionaries, histories, biographies, and all other types of books. With the exception of Music Reference, these are located in Lied Library.
  • MT   MT contains books about music theory and music education. Most of these books can be found in Lied Library. Also in the MT section are teaching pieces, anthologies, studies and etudes, and orchestral excerpts. These teaching pieces can be found in the Music Library.

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Microform Collections

Before digitization, copies of rare books or manuscripts could be shared among libraries by photographing the pages and reducing the images to tiny transparencies that can be viewed on a special reader. There are two microform readers in Lied Library on the second floor behind the grad commons and one on the first floor. Each machine has a binder with instructions, or ask for help at the computer help desk.

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