Public Computers and Printing
Group Study Rooms
Listening Rooms and Equipment
Copying Library Materials
Location of Library Materials
Hardware and software 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 Internet access, USB ports for use with USB storage devices,* and the following software:
*See this note about why your USB flash drive may not work with our computers.
Accessibility All machines have the following accessibility software
Scanning and Printing
Wireless connectivity 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.
There are two group study rooms (room #s 1-2) on the second floor--see the Circulation Desk for a key.
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.
Three listening rooms (rooms 3-5) are available for two-hour periods for individual or group use, all on the second floor. Application procedures for listening rooms are the same as for listening carrels. Up to a week in advance of the time requested, groups of three or more may reserve a listening room for a specific time period for use with library materials. 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.
Listeners apply for listening stations at the circulation desk. An identification card must be submitted in exchange for a key to a station. No advance reservations for listening carrels or rooms are taken. Listeners are responsible for locking carrels and returning keys before two hours have elapsed. If they wish, listeners may apply for an additional two-hour period.
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. Application procedures are the same as for listening carrels.
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 is are some short video tutorials about using the digital machine.
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.
This seminar room is accessible from the Music Building lounge at the top of the stairs. It is equipped with a turntable, cassette playback unit, compact disc player, loudspeakers, VHS & DVD playback machines, projection screen, grand piano, tables, and approximately 20 chairs. To schedule semester-long classes in the seminar room, apply in 3034 Music Building.
Research carrels, located on the first and second floors of the Library, are assigned to graduate students in music or to music undergraduates who are writing theses. Preference will be given to doctoral students in music. Apply at the Circulation Desk. Keys must be returned or renewed at the end of each academic semester and summer session.
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.
Copyright warning notices appear on all copy machines and playback equipment.
Printed items : Two copiers are located near the first floor circulation desk and one copier is located on the second floor. Enlarged or reduced copies may be made. Users must provide their own change or copier card; a Value Card Teller is located near the copy machines on the first floor.
Sound recordings : Library machines are equipped for playback only; patrons wishing to record must bring their own recording equipment to the library, including a patch cord terminating in two mini-phone, two RCA-type connectors, or a 1/4" stereo plug, as well as a blank cassette. Special permission is not generally granted for recordings to be taken out of the library for copying purposes. The library reserves the right to prohibit recordings from being reproduced on library premises.
For a look at MPAL spaces and collections, see our photoset on Flickr.
MPAL currently has five iPads that can be checked out at the Circulation Desk. Read more about them here.