Music Library /

Music Library: Services

The Music Library consists of three sections:

  • the Music Reference section (also called RMU),
  • the general circulating section where scores and books are found, and the
  • Sound Recording section, a closed-stack area with a service counter.

All music materials may be found by using Search@UW, The Library’s Online Catalog.

Music Library Circulation

Circulating books (ML and MT) and scores (M) can be checked out and returned at any circulation desk. Sound recordings must be checked out at the Music Library service counter on the second floor, East Wing but may be returned at any circulation desk.

Sound recordings circulate for one week to all UWM ID holders.

PLEASE NOTE: Audio materials do not circulate to special permit holders or InfoPass users.

Music Reserves

For information concerning music reserves please see the Music Library reserves page.

Listening Facilities

Listening facilities include playback in CD, Cassette, and LP formats.


Students, Faculty and Staff may borrow headphones for use in the Library with a valid UWM ID. The loan period is two hours.

The general public may also listen to recordings in this area upon presentation of a driver’s license or other form of identification.

Collection Development

The Music Library Collection Development Policy is used in determining what will be added to the collection. This policy is a constituent portion of the Library-wide Collection Development Policy which gives additional detail about the broader-scale collection development issues addressed by the Library.