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Fine Arts and Music Department

Fine Arts and Music DepartmentThe Fine Arts and Music Department provides resources on topics ranging from music and the visual arts to fashion, crafts, and photography. In addition to a large collection of circulating materials such as books and audio recordings, the department maintains an extensive selection of reference books and collections that enable users to play music and identify various songs.

Subject Areas:

  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Drawing
  • Design
  • Painting
  • Interior Design
  • Antiques & Collectibles
  • Museums
  • Artists’ biographies
  • Fashion
  • Crafting
  • Sewing
  • Quilting
  • Knitting and Crocheting
  • Jewelry Making
  • Photography
  • Sheet Music
  • Classical Music CDs
  • Opera CDs
  • Music history and instruction
  • Biographies of singers, musicians and composers

Collections of Note:

Sheet Music Collection
Our sheet music collection is a vast resource for popular songs, including single-title sheet music and over 3500 songbooks, dating as far back as the turn the of the 20th century. Our other printed music resources include classical scores, scores for operas and Broadway shows, hymnals, gospel, folk, and wedding music.

Tune Dex
The Fine Arts and Music Department owns an entire set of Tune Dex cards. These 3×5 index cards provide all the essential musical information (the melody line, lyrics, and chord symbol accompaniment) necessary for the performance of popular songs. Tune-Dex was published from 1942 through 1963. Additional information on each card includes composer, lyricist, and copyright information.

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