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Music: Books

A research guide for finding music in various formats in the Yale University Library, and for beginning research on music.


How many books in the Yale University Library? More than 11 million titles (2.5 million+ online). 

The Music Library's collection includes more than 69,000 book titles.

Use Quicksearch or Orbis to locate books.

For tips on searching, see the Search Library Catalogs tab on this guide.

See also the Quicksearch and Orbis help pages.

Finding eBooks

Catalog records for eBooks appear in Quicksearch, both in the Basic Search of Books+ and in the Advanced Search. These links have already been set to retrieve eBooks.

  • From a new search, click in the left box on the Books format, and the Online format to limit to eBooks.

EBooks also show up in Articles+, and links may appear in other databases as well. The link at left has been set to retrieve eBooks.

  • When you are filtering a set in Quicksearch Articles+, remove the limit for Journal Articles (look above the list of results and click on the X) as well as for Scholarly Publications (includes Peer-Reviewed) (uncheck the box at left).
  • When starting from the results of a Quicksearch search, you must click on the Articles+ link on the left, or the View and filter link next to Articles+ to remove these defaults.
  • Then look in the Content Type facets on the left to see the Book / eBook limit. Also limit to Online only.

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Catalogs beyond Yale

If you have not used Interlibrary Loan or Borrow Direct before, see Get It @ Yale.