Martin Music Library

During the fall of 1964 work was done under the direction of Dean William Hooper of the School of Music toward making the Martin Music Library a reality. It was then that the holdings were transferred from the John T. Christian Library to a new location in the E. O. Sellers Music Building. The new music library contained facilities for individual and multiple listening, recordings, tapes, and a microfilm reader. By 1966, the collection had grown to include:

2,110 books 429 performing scores
290 reference books 57 microfilms
560 monuments 6,500 sheet music pieces
819 recordings 776 periodicals and journals
1,000 scores

Emphasis in the new library was placed upon "church music and recordings, especially in the field of oratorio, cantata, anthems, and solos." By the late 1970s, the Martin Music Library collection began to outgrow the facilities available in the E. O. Sellers building. In 1983 it was transferred to the second floor of the new North Wing of the John T. Christian Library in order to better accommodate an expanding center, greater office needs, an expanding collection, and to better serve the students. The oldest holdings date from the early 17th century. Martin Music Library also provides microfilm access to many primary source documents.

The present collection includes over 76,000 items:

  • 12,856 books
  • 3,842 bound periodicals
  • 3,828 reference (books and scores)
  • 2,434 rare books and scores
  • 4,000+ hymnals (700 classified as rare)
  • 17,011 performance and study scores
  • 25,000 (approx. anthems)
  • 7,080 recordings (CDs, DVDs, LaserDisks, VHS, LPs, cassettes)
  • 350 (approx.) microforms
  • 80 current music periodical subscriptions