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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.

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COVID-19: Temporary Access to Expanded Music Resources

This is the YouTube channel associated with San Francisco's Merola Opera Program, which offers free videos of opera master classes and performances.


The Met offers free nightly live streaming of staged opera performances, which are accessible if one creates an account with the website.


National association founded in 1970, presenting workshops and annual conferences as well as providing support to the opera community in New York and beyond. The National Opera Center, which opened in Manhattan in 2012, provides rehearsal and audition spaces and a library of books, scores and audiovisual materials. For a complete listing of OPERA America's on-demand streaming performances, click here.


Throughout Summer 2020, OPERA SARATOGA: CONNECT! DAILY will feature performances by Festival Artists, premiering every morning at 9:00am on Opera Saratoga’s Facebook page. After they premiere on Facebook, they will also be archived on the organization's main website for your viewing pleasure! Each month is dedicated to a different theme, drawn from some of the programming that had to be cancelled as part of the originally planned 2020 Summer Festival.



JSTOR has made an enormous number of books and journals available during this COVID-19 emergency, including many music and performing arts titles, university presses primarily. Amy Edmonds, Music and Media Librarian at Ball State University, has prepared a LibGuide that lists sixteen pages' worth of music-related titles now available via JSTOR:

To access JSTOR with your Brooklyn College credentials, click the All Databases (also known as the A-Z guide) link available on the Brooklyn College Library homepage. You can find JSTOR listed under "J," and once on the site, log in using your Brooklyn College email and password.

In the "Advanced Search" function, you can refine your search by author, title and other relevant information, as well as by format (for instance, book, article, review).



When you search for a book, the result is individual chapters, not necessarily in order. Click on the book title, which appears under the name of any of the chapter listings, and there you will be able to view the entire book, including table of contents, chapters, introduction/conclusion, index, etc.