Update:

We have resumed some on-campus services, including book pickup, virtual consultations, and fulfilling scanning/digitization requests. Many library materials are available online, but our buildings remain closed until further notice.

Recordings Collection

Loeb Music Library's Recordings Collection supports the broad musical interests and activities of the University community.
Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library

The Loeb Music Library's audio and visual recordings collections support the curriculum of Harvard's Music Department as well as the broad musical interests and activities of the University community.

The collection’s particular strengths include Western classical music, early music, historically informed performance, opera, American musical theater, American popular music, jazz, blues, film music, and performances of historic significance.

Recent major acquisitions include:

The Loeb Music Library is also home to the Archive of World Music. The archive holds field and commercial recordings of musics from around the world and is particularly strong in Asian and Middle Eastern repertories.

Accessing These Materials

  • The library's recordings collection is a closed-stack teaching and archival collection cataloged in HOLLIS.
  • Finding aids to some of the archival sound collections are available.
  • Researchers, regardless of academic affiliation, may listen to recordings in the library.
  • Harvard ID holders may borrow CDs and DVDs from the general recordings collection.

Contact

Loeb Music Library Public Services