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Howard B. Waltz Music Library

The Music Library, one of four branch libraries of the University of Colorado at Boulder library system, houses one of the largest and most important music research collections between Chicago and Los Angeles. In addition to a primary collection of scores, recordings, books and periodicals. The Music Library has digitized over 900 titles from its sheet music collections as the University of Colorado Digital Sheet Music Collection.


The Music Library serves faculty, staff, and students of the College of Music and the campus at large, as well as the community and visiting researchers and scholars.



Over 70,000 volumes covering music history, music theory, music education, musicians, jazz, popular music, and many other topics related to music.

The Music Library's primary collection includes over 55,000 musical scores. The collection is rich in 19th-century chamber music, opera and other vocal music, and piano music along with comprehensive holdings of composers' complete works editions and historical anthologies.

Over 300 current music print subscriptions and access to hundreds of journals and indexes online.


Sound Recordings

Over 55,000 sound recordings representing a wide number of composers, performers, conductors, and musical styles.


Special Collections

The Music Library's special collections include rare and valuable original books and scores, as well as manuscripts and facsimiles, in areas outside of Americana. The library has extensive holdings cover a broad range, from manuscripts and facsimiles from England and Italy, like the Liber Magestri, Tosca di Puccini e Casa Ricordi, and Il Codice Squarcialupi, to 20,000 titles of popular sheet music from the 19th century.


Videos and DVDs
Over 800 performances on video and DVD including student and faculty recitals, concerts, operas, and musicals.


Wireless access

University of Colorado at Boulder students, staff and faculty are able to take advantage of wireless access in the Music Library.