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Help Using the Library

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.


Contact Us

*Chat and Text services are not staffed by librarians from the Music & Performing Arts Library.


Individual Research Appointments

Make an appointment by contacting the Music & Performing Arts Librarians via email at mpal@library.illinois.edu. Or, use our new scheduling software to view specific times available and request an appointment with one of our librarians:

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.