Facilities and Equipment

Public Computer Area

Public Computers

There are 16 computers in the Reference Desk area on the first floor and an additional computer on the second floor near the Seminar Room. Each computer is equipped with the following software:

See this note about why your USB flash drive may not work with our computers.

Scanning and Printing

Microform Viewing 

There is a digital microfilm viewing station available near the public terminals on the main floor. It allows digitization of microfilm, microfiche, and microcards, which can then be emailed, or saved to patron-provided flash-drive or disk. Here are some short video tutorials about using the digital machine.

Copying Library Materials 

N.B. All responsibility for possible copyright violations, whether of recorded or printed materials, lies with the library user rather than with the Music and Performing Arts Library.

Study and Research Areas

Group Study Rooms

There are two group study rooms (room #s 1-2) on the second floor--see the Circulation Desk for a key.

Research Carrels 

Research carrels are located on the first and second floors of the Library. Preference is given to doctoral students. Apply at the Circulation Desk. Keys must be returned or renewed at the end of each academic semester and summer session.

Listening and Viewing Areas

Listening Rooms

Three listening rooms (rooms 3-5) are available for two-hour periods for individual or group use, all on the second floor. Each listening room is equipped with a turntable, cassette playback unit, compact disc player, loudspeakers, table and four chairs; some rooms are also provided with pianos. See the Circulation desk for a key.

Listening Carrels

The Music and Performing Arts Library has 3 carrels equipped with turntables, 1 with cassette playback units, and 4 with compact disc players, all on the second floor. Instructions are provided for use Listeners are responsible for locking carrels and returning keys when finished. See the Circulation desk for a key.

Video Viewing Room

A video-viewing room (room 6) is available with 4 stations for viewing DVD, VHS, Beta & Laserdisc materials.  Although the room may be used by 4 simultaneous viewers, each station has a pair of headphones, so that private listening is possible. See the Circulation desk for a key.

Other Spaces and Services

Location of Library Materials

To determine where each type of item is located in the Library, please see this guide or watch this short video. You can also download the Minrva app to get item locations on your phone. For a look at MPAL spaces and collections, see our photoset on Flickr.


Studio pianos are located in listening rooms 3, 4, and 5; a grand piano is located in the seminar room, and a player piano in listening room 2. Library pianos are intended for use with library materials--i.e., for use with non-circulating scores, or for playing through music prior to checking it out--rather than for general practice.

Loanable iPads

MPAL currently has iPads that can be checked out at the Circulation Desk. Read more about them here.

Wireless Connectivity

Wireless access is available in the Music and Performing Arts Library and throughout the Music Building. For more information on connecting to the wireless network see CITES. We recommend the IllinoisNet network for UIUC users.