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Facilities and Equipment

Public Computer Area

Public Computers

There are 16 computers on the first floor and an additional computer on the second floor at the top of the stairs. Each computer is equipped with the following software:

  • Browsers: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox
  • Productivity: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Documents: Adobe Acrobat, Designer, Distiller
  • Images: Adobe Photoshop Elements, Paint
  • Audio and Video: iTunes, Quicktime, Real Player, Windows Media Player
  • CD and DVD creation: Nero Express and Nero Vision Express
  • Accessibility software: Magnifier, Narrator, OnScreen Keyboard, Zoom Text

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

Printing and Scanning

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

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.

Reading Room

Our reading room on the first floor is equipped with large tables and lots of natural light. There are outlets near some, but not all, tables.

There are additional tables on the first and second floor as well as group study rooms (see below).

Listening and Viewing Areas

Group Study Rooms

All rooms are available for two-hour periods for individual or group use, and seat up to four; all on the second floor. See the Circulation desk on the first floor for a key.

Please note, these rooms are not practice rooms and may not be used as such.

  • Audio: Rooms 3-5 have a turntable, cassette playback unit, compact disc player, loudspeakers.
  • Video: Rooms 1, 3-6 have carts for video playback containing some combination of DVD, VHS, Beta & Laserdisc players.
  • Piano: Rooms 1, 3-5 have pianos or keyboards for score reading/coursework only; not for practicing.

Listening Carrels

On the second floor there are 3 carrels equipped with turntables, 1 with cassette playback units, and 4 with compact disc players.Instructions are provided for use. Listeners are responsible for locking carrels and returning keys when finished. See the Circulation desk for a key.

Other Spaces and Services

Location of Library Materials

To determine where each type of item (scores, books, recordings, etc.) is located in the Library, please see this guide. 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.

Loanable iPads and Portable CD/DVD drives

MPAL currently has iPads and portable CD/DVD drives that can be checked out at the Circulation Desk.

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 Technology Services. We recommend the IllinoisNet network for UIUC users.