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For use during Parsons Music Library's temporary relocation to Sarah Brunet Hall

Receipt Printers (BASIC INFORMATION)

Each circulation computer is connected to a receipt printer. A receipt can be printed whenever an item is charged, giving its due date, but you have to click the little receipt icon  

When you charge out an item to a patron, please ask them if they want a receipt.  If they say yes, then just click the receipt icon.  If they don't want a receipt, then don't bother.

Extra paper rolls are kept in the CD storage room.

If you print something to the public printer in the reading room, be sure to reset the computer to the receipt printer when you're finished. In the printer selection list, the receipt printer is called the "Tear Bar"


Reference Books and Reference Scores

Reference scores and reference books are items that are meant to be consulted in the library.  Our reference scores are are shelved in the front part of the collection in Room 103.  These can be difficult to locate due to the complicated numbering systems devised by their publishers.  Ask Linda for help if you need it.

A selection of reference books is shelved against the left wall in Room 105 (many more reference books are currently in storage and are inaccessible).  

Reference scores and books use the same types of call number as circulting books and scores, except that they are preceded by REF. Reference books and scores do not circulate to students, staff, or Special Borrowers, but they can be checked out by UR faculty for two days (or longer, with the Music Librarian's permission).

Reference Questions


Sometimes patrons will come to you with questions such as “What is the date of Leonard Bernstein’s death?” or “Do you have the sheet music for Gluck’s “O del mio dolce ardor?” We have a wide variety of reference materials that can help answer these and many other questions, and most can be found with the online Music Research Guide

Locating individual music compositions, classical or popular, can be difficult, as some will be in collections rather than listed singly in the online catalog. Most CDs have been cataloged so that a Keyword Search of words/phrases in a song title will produce results. For more help with this, consult the flip chart.

Additional tips for finding music scores/CDs:

Be sure you know the correct title of the song, and (especially with classical music) whether it is part of a larger work like an opera or song cycle. Sometimes it helps to look up the composer in Grove Music Online, which will list his or her compositions.

You should be familiar with the "Most Popular Resources" box on the online Music Research Guide. Mouse over the titles to get a brief description of each.

Religious Holidays (BASIC INFORMATION)

Like the rest of the University, the Music Library does not close for any religious holiday other than Christmas, which occurs during winter break. Student employees may miss work for the purpose of religious observance, but we ask that you give at least a week's notice so that a sub can be obtained.

Renewal Limits

Music Library policy allows students to borrow books for 28 days, with one 28-day renewal. If you try to renew a book more than once on a circulation computer, the system will ask you to override. PLEASE DO NOT OVERRIDE A RENEWAL BLOCK WITHOUT LINDA'S OR MELANIE'S APPROVAL. We will generally allow it, but sometimes we know that a book may be needed by someone else.

Scores, CDs, and other audio materials are allowed three renewals before an override is required. But even with these, please do not override a renewal block without Linda's or Melanie's approval.

If a student needs a book or other Music Library item for a class, Linda can authorize even longer borrowing periods.

Richmond Symphony members: library cards

Parsons Music Library offers free Special Borrower cards to active members of the Richmond Symphony.  Managers can add them just like other Special Borrowers, but note that they have their own patron group in Voyager ("Richmond Symphony").  For questions, see Linda or Melanie.

Royalty-free Music

From time to time library patrons ask whether we have any royalty-free music that they can use. This is a complicated issue that is best handled by referring patrons to Linda. If that's not possible, the following information may be helpful:

What does "royalty-free" mean?

"Royalty-free" refers to the principle that a creator licenses the right to use his or her creation, after which the licensee may use it forever without paying additional fees to the creator.

Are the Music Library's CDs royalty-free?

The vast majority of the Music Library's CDs are NOT royalty-free, and are protected by copyright. While we do have the 27-disc Production Music Library (located in the wooden cabinets in the score room), these CDs can only be used for non-profit, educational projects. Because they are considered "reserve" items, they cannot be checked out by non-UR borrowers.

Other options for the UR community

Current students, faculty, and staff may wish to contact Melissa Foster in the TLC ( for access to "Audio Blocks," a library of mp3 files that can be used in non-commercial video projects.

How can we help non-UR people who are looking for royalty-free music?

Tell them to google "royalty-free music." There are hundreds of websites that offer this kind of music, although not all of it is available free of charge.

For more information about copyright-related issues, see the library's Copyright webpage