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Help Using the Library

During the University Library’s COVID-19 response, most in-person services at the Music & Performing Arts Library are unavailable. Please contact us via email or chat below. For more information about MPAL’s services during this period, please see: go.library.illinois.edu/MPALServices.

At the 1st Floor Desk

Reference staff are available from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday and select evening/weekend hours during the fall and spring semesters for research assistance (availability varies during summer and interim sessions). Other staff are available during all open hours.

At the 2nd Floor Desk

Help locating scores or requesting materials from Special Collections is available 1-4pm Monday-Friday at the 2nd floor service window.

Research Appointments

MPAL Librarians offer one-on-one or small group research appointments. These appointments can cover defining and focusing your research questions, the best tools to use to identify sources, effective search strategies, how to use the library, and more! Use our scheduling software to view specific times available and request an appointment with one of the MPAL Librarians:

Meet with Kate      Meet with Kirstin

Help with Fines & Overdue or Lost Items

Library-related matters such as circulation and fines questions can be directed to the Circulation Desk (217) 333-1173 or sent via email to mpal@library.illinois.edu.

Learn How to Use the Library

Information about how to use the library, including self-directed tutorials, can be found on each of the subject pages under “Research Resources” above. Please also see our channel in Media Space for additional help videos.

Contact Us

  • Phone: (217) 333-1173 (all open hours) or (217) 333-7095 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri)
    Phones will not be monitored during the COVID-19 response, but we will respond to voicemail.
  • Emailmpal@library.illinois.edu
  • Chat: chat with us online using the box below! MPAL is available Monday – Friday from 10am-noon and 1-5pm for the Spring 2021 semester. No chat on University holidays and non-instruction days.