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Welcome to the Walter W. Gerboth Music Library at Brooklyn College

The Music Library service desk is on the 2nd Floor of the Main Library, adjacent to the New Media Center service desk. Music materials (including items on reserve for music courses) circulate from the music desk. When the Music Library is closed, books only (i.e., not scores) may be retrieved from the Music stacks and taken to the 1st floor Circulation Desk.

The Music Library is named in honor of Professor Walter W. Gerboth, who was a professor of music at Brooklyn College (1958-1986) and also the President of the Music Library Association (1969-1970). It was his vision to create a separate music library within the Brooklyn College main library.

The many collections and formats of materials within the Music Library not only support the curriculum of the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music but also provide one of the best special collections in this greatest of musical cities for anyone in the City University community interested in any aspect of music and dance.

Whether you are a non-music major who has to write a "concert report" or do a group presentation on a music topic or you are a graduate music student writing an extensive research paper, this guide to resources can help you get started.

The Music Librarian, Professor Raphael, welcomes communications from anyone needing assistance with Music Library services and collections, including help with research. It is best to set up an appointment either by email at or by phone at (718) 951-5844.

Guide to BC Music Scores Classification Scheme (Modified Dewey Decimal System)

The thousands of music scores in the Walter W. Gerboth Music Library are arranged on the shelves according to the classification scheme below. It's a good guide to browsing:

New Resources

IPA Source

IPA Source supports singers and teachers in the performance of vocal literature. It is the largest collection of literal translations and International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions on the web, assisting educators and singers with language understanding and pronunciation. The catalog consists of 15,750 professionally translated and transcribed titles including texts of arias, art song and liturgical texts in French, Italian, German, Spanish, English and Latin.

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Honora Raphael
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