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Facilities & Technologies

Public Computer Area


There are 16 computers on the first floor and an additional computer on the second floor at the top of the stairs. 14 of the first floor computers require a NetID to log-in and are equipped with the following software:

  • Browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, 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

Public Stations

There are 2 public computers that do not require a log-in. These computers are attached to flatbed scanners and allow non-affiliated persons to scan, browse the web, and access the catalog and library e-resources.

Printing & 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. Check out this YouTube playlist with video tutorials for more help 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

Reading Room

Our reading room on the first floor is equipped with large tables and lots of natural light. Outlets are available near most of the tables. There are additional tables on the first and second floor as well as group study rooms (see below).

Research Lockers

Lockers for storing materials for extended research are located on the second floor of the Library. Preference is given to doctoral students. Ask at the Service Desk for an application. Lockers must be renewed at the end of each academic semester.

Listening and Viewing Areas

Group Rooms

There are 6 group rooms at MPAL which can be reserved for up to 2 hour periods. View more information and room availability.

All rooms are located on the second floor. See the first floor service desk 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, and loudspeakers.
  • Video: Rooms 3-6 have 50″ LED displays and video playback equipment 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 page on locating items in MPAL. For a look at MPAL spaces and collections, see our photoset on Flickr.

Loanable Technology

MPAL has a small collection of loanable technology (CD/DVD drives, adapters, chargers, mics, and more) that can be checked out at the Circulation Desk. See our Loanable Technology page for more information.

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.