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COVID-19 Closure

The Music & Performing Arts Library is currently closed to the public until further notice, but we are available and continue to provide services remotely. Please send any questions via email to mpal@library.illinois.edu.


Access to Physical Collections

Materials may be requested through the library catalog. We will attempt to fulfill any requests for materials with an electronic version. If no electronic version is available, you will be notified if/when the print material is available and ready for pickup. The University Library, including MPAL, will not return to full service until the state of Illinois has reached Phase 5. During Phase 4, the Library will only be open to those with scheduled appointments. Please email mpal@library.illinois.edu if you need to consult materials that can’t be requested through the catalog (media items, journals, reference works, special collections or formats, etc.).

Please see library.illinois.edu/covid-19 for further information about access to library collections and services.

Online Collections

Access to all of the Library’s online resources continues. You can find e-books, online scores, and most of our online audio and video by searching the library catalog. Please see this guide for a list of music, dance, and theatre online streaming media collections: guides.library.illinois.edu/audiovisual.

Many companies are making their online collections available for free, and others have offered extended trials during this period. Information about these resources can be found on this online guide: guides.library.illinois.edu/expandedaccesscovid19.


Research Assistance

Questions related to research or instructional support should be sent to us via email at mpal@library.illinois.edu. You can also schedule a virtual meeting with Kate, Music & Performing Arts Librarian.

Schedule a virtual meeting

Returning Materials

People are encouraged to hold on to library materials. If you are leaving town and must return library materials, our external drop-boxes are still open. These can be found near the north/Oregon St entrance of the Music Building. Items returned to drop-boxes will be discharged and backdated after it’s safe for staff to resume work. There will be no fines for “late” materials due to this situation.

Renewing Materials

If you have questions about items checked out to your account, please contact us at 217-333-1173 or mpal@library.illinois.edu. We will not be able to answer the phone, but leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. If you need immediate assistance, please contact Central Access Services at 217-333-8400 or circlib@library.illinois.edu.

Billing Questions

If you have questions about billing issues, please contact the Library Billing Office at 217-333-8288 or libbill@library.illinois.edu.