Mendel Music Library - Policies

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Information about the policies of the Arthur Mendel Music Library.

Loan Periods

Music Dept. Faculty and Graduate Students

Regular Circulating Books and Scores (MUS) Sound & Video Recordings SV/SVF/MUSPE SVL Microfilm
Academic Year: due June 15th Academic Year: June 15th Only with permission In house, only with permission 24 Hour

Faculty and Graduate Students from other Departments

Regular Circulating Books and Scores (MUS) Sound & Video Recordings SV/SVF/MUSPE/SVL Microfilm
Academic Year: due June 15th

4-week loan

Do not circulate 24 Hour

Undergraduate Seniors

Regular Circulating Books and Scores (MUS) Sound & Video Recordings SV/SVF/MUSPE/SVL Microfilm
Academic Year: due end of May (date varies)

4-week loan

Do not circulate 24 Hour


Regular Circulating Books and Scores (MUS) Sound & Video Recordings SV/SVF/MUSPE/SVL Microfilm
8-week loan

4-week loan

Do not circulate 24 Hour

Guests (with guest card)

Regular Circulating Books and Scores (MUS) Sound & Video Recordings SV/SVF/MUSPE/SVL
4-week loan

4-week loan

Do not circulate



These policies apply only to materials at Mendel Music Library. Please consult other branches or Firestone Library for their circulation policies. Pursuant to the University Library policy on patron confidentiality, the Library does not release information regarding patrons' use of library resources.

Borrower Responsibilities

Items charged out on a personal identification card remain the responsibility of the individual named on that card. All eligible borrowers are expected to have a current address on file at the Firestone Circulation Desk. Borrowers are responsible for recalls at all times. If circumstances require individuals to leave town, they should make arrangements for responding to the recall and the prompt return of the item(s) to the Library. Items charged to an individual must be returned in good condition, without evidence of defacement, mutilation, or water damage.


Mendel Music Library items may be renewed either in person, by phone, by email (, or online

Please Note: Audiovisual materials that are on loan to faculty and graduate students for the entire year must be brought to the Mendel circulation desk for renewal.

Fines and Fees

Questions on Fines and Fees can be directed to

Reserve Materials

Reserve books, CDs and DVDs circulate for 3 hours. Each patron is limited to 1 sound recording, 1 video recording, 1 book, and 1 score at a time. Reserve materials may be charged overnight approximately 3 hours before the library closes; these items will be due the following morning within the first business hour. Please note that the Music Library does not permit patrons to place holds or recalls on any reserve materials

Study carrels

The Mendel Music Library provides study carrels for long-term research and study by faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates working on their junior or senior research papers and theses.

Study carrel application

Study carrels are mostly located on the third floor of the Mendel Music Library, with some additional assigned carrels on the second floor adjacent the Cone Seminar Room and in the Periodicals Reading Room.

  • Study carrels are always in high demand in the music library. Priority is given to current graduate music students and faculty. Undergraduate senior music majors may only obtain a study carrel after all graduate student and faculty needs are met.
  • Carrels are normally reserved for currently enrolled musicology students, with first choice given to those in their first three years of study. Students in their first five years of study can usually be accommodated on the third floor; those with longer student careers will be assigned to the second floor (carrel disposition varies from year to year depending on the number of requests).
  • Lockable cabinets accompany most second- and third-floor carrels, and there is additional shared shelving on the third floor. Also on the third floor is equipment for listening, a computer workstation, and a printer. Wireless computer access is available throughout the library, and each carrel also has an Internet connection. Three scanners are located in the scanning rooms on the second floor.
  • Contact the Public Services & Outreach Manager for a carrel assignment and other carrel matters.
  • Be advised that there is public access throughout the carrel area (particularly on the second floor). CDs and DVDs checked out to you and personal property of value could be subject to theft. You remain responsible for all items checked out to you that are left on the carrels. Also, please lock all valuables, particularly laptops and other electronics, in your assigned cabinet when leaving your study carrel, even for just a few minutes. Laptops have been stolen in previous years from unattended carrels. We also ask that you self-police the carrel areas and report any suspicious behavior from unknown individuals immediately to the library staff.

Mendel Library usage policies

 The following community norms are essential to maintain an environment supportive of serious scholarly inquiry and study in the Mendel Music Library:

  • Refrain from cell phone calls throughout the Music Library. Please set you phones to vibrate or silent mode. Use the Woolworth lobby if you need to make or receive a call.
  • We try to maintain an environment that is as quiet and free from distraction as possible, but we also understand that collaboration and discussions are realistic occurrences in the Music Library. Please be respectful of others in your space when engaging in group conversations.
  • Please respect the library's no food or drink policy while using the library's collections and computer equipment.
  • The library staff appreciates and encourages feedback and suggestions from the students who use the library for research and study. Please let us know how we might enhance our services, about materials you would like the library to acquire, how to use library equipment, and, of course, how to locate materials and information you need either in the library or online.