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Music and Performing Arts Library Special Collections

About the Collections

The Special Collections area of the Music and Performing Arts Library at the University of Illinois (MPALSC) is home to a unique collection of scores, rare books, recordings, pedagogical materials, and other archival materials. Students, faculty, and researchers world wide have used these collections. More 

Special Collections Policies

News and Events

MPAL recently received a generous donation from the Campus Foundation to renovate our player piano and create a room for it. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting project!


Piano Roll – Dvorak’s New World Symphony


Print Collections

The print collections in the MPALSC consist of unique and rare scores, historical encyclopedias and periodicals, books on music theory, performance pedagogy, and many other resources.

Digital Projects

The Music and Performing Arts Library is actively seeking to improve access and preservation of music materials through its digitization program.  Some brittle paper materials have been digitized through the Libraries’ Brittle Books program.  MPAL hopes to continue digitization projects.