UCLA Music Library Updates for Spring 2020

We wanted to share some updates from the Music Library for Spring 2020. You may have seen the Remote Resources message from the Library. Our physical space is currently closed. This means, of course, that access to our physical collections is suspended for the closure. Print reserves will not be available while the Music Library is closed. Streaming audio and video reserves continue to be available, including the ability to turn on previous lists submitted through Winter 2020. Please email Christopher Brennan with requests or questions. 

To help facilitate distance learning for music studies, we have established a 60 day trial of Music Online: Classical Scores Library. This resource contains more than 53,000 scores of classical music, ranging from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. More than 4,600 composers are included, from common practice composers such as Mozart and Tchaikovsky to more recent artists including Kaija Saariaho and John Tavener. The trial allows to you to view, but not print the scores – if we end up purchasing the resource, downloading and printing would be allowed. Check it out and let us know what you think! This is a fairly expensive resource, so your feedback will be crucial when we make our decision on whether or not to purchase. You can also access it through the left side of the Music Research Resources Online guide.

Our research services are available online. You can schedule a consultation that will take place via Zoom.

In other news, the Ringing the Way, Original Music Competition for UCLA students deadline is extended to April 30. We are seeking new music by current UCLA students to be performed on the Powell Library bells. Original music of any style is welcome.


The Kaleidoscope 2020 Call for Scores deadline is April 30. The call is a collaboration with the UCLA Music Library and Kaleidoscope. All submissions will be considered for Kaleidoscope’s 2020-21 season and open access publishing. 

We are also excited to announce a pilot instance of Avalon. The Avalon Media System is an open source system for managing and providing access to large collections of digital audio and video. At UCLA, Avalon houses streaming audio and video collections for the Library. Content is restricted to UCLA users and requires UCLA authentication for use both on and off campus. Avalon currently holds around 200 recordings from the Music Library’s collections: Los Angeles Punk, Bollywood DVDs, some of our most used CDs, and recordings by Wadada Leo Smith, recent UCLA Medal honoree. You can listen and watch via Avalon and you will find links in the Library Catalog to individual Avalon recordings (ex: Bad Religion album). 

Finally, as a reminder, most of our online resources can be found on our Music Research Resources Online guide. In addition to these resources, we have many ebooks which are easily accessible through our Catalog. If you find you need a particular book that we do not own during this period, please request a purchase either through the online request form or by sending an email to Callie. Even if you are not sure if there is an electronic version feel free to request it, as many titles are now available in e-format. We have also switched to acquiring e-books for new book purchases. If a desired title is only available in print, we will receive it at a later point.