Winthrop University: CVPA - Music - Music Library


Music Library

Professor Jennifer L. McDaniel-Milliken, Music Librarian

Useful links

Music Library User's Guide (pdf 1362 KB)

General Information

The Music Library, located in 235 Dacus Library (#36 on the campus map), serves primarily the Department of Music, but is open to the entire Winthrop community. Its collection consists primarily of scores, recordings, and videos of classical music and jazz. It also holds basic reference works in music and a variety of computer programs and CD-ROMs for the study of music theory and history. Materials may be checked out with a valid Winthrop ID, but in-house facilities for listening or viewing are also available. Loan periods are listed below.

Most books and periodicals about music are housed in the University's Dacus Library. Holdings in both libraries may be searched through DOC (Dacus Online Catalog) from any computer connected to the University's central computer cluster. Access to the databases, NAXOS Music Library Online, RILM and Oxford Music Online are available to current Winthrop students, faculty and staff through the Dacus Library website.

The Music Library maintains a regular schedule of operation each semester. Current schedules are posted at the Music Library and on bulletin boards throughout the Conservatory of Music. A professional music librarian is available during most daytime hours for reference assistance. For more information, please read the Music Library User's Guide (pdf - 1362 KB).

Equipment and Computer Connections

The listening equipment is available for public use in the library. Computers may also be used for word processing, ear training software, CD Rom use, and connecting to the Internet.


Fall & Spring Semesters:
Monday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Maymester and Summer semesters:
9 am - 5 pm Monday — Friday (Due to minimum staffing, please make an appointment)
Music Library closes over Fall Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break.


Listening and Score Reserves for courses in music are maintained in the Music Library. Contents of these reserves may be found in DOC under Professor or Course Name from "Search Reserve Lists." Professional reference service in music is available during daytime hours.

Loan Periods

The Music Library maintains the following circulation policies: 

Undergraduate students:
 - CDs, DVDs & VHS — 7 days (limit of 5)
 - Scores & Books — 30 days

Graduate students:
 - CDs, DVDs & VHS — 14 days (limit of 5)
 - Sores & books — 1 semester 

Faculty & Staff:
 - CDs, DVDs, & VHS — 30 days 
 - Scores & Books — 1 year
 - Reserves & Reference — 3 days

Undergraduate students and Staff are allowed to renew items online twice.
Graduate students are allowed to renew items online once.
Faculty are not allowed to renew items online due to the length of their loan period.
All students and faculty may renew items indefinitely at the circulation desk in the Music Library.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Winthrop University Music Library is to provide information resources and services in the forms of audio and visual recordings, scores, reference materials, computer software and online access to databases in order to support the Music Department's curriculum and research by its students and faculty.

To support its mission, the Library aims to:

  • Meet the information needs of the Music Department's students and faculty through a thoughtful collection development process
  • Provide access to information through effective management of resources
  • Enable Winthrop students and faculty to check out the majority of materials
  • Provide in house access of collection to the public
  • Provide facility hours which are the most useful for its patrons
  • Provide trained staff who are skilled in helping patrons navigate the collection
  • Provide library instruction to classes, professors and individual students
  • Maintain bibliographic control (cataloging) of collection
  • Continually update technology in the Library to better promote access to materials
  • Continually assess the effectiveness of policies and practices and the development of the collection

Overdue Items

A charge of 20 per item per day is applied to overdue items, with a maximum charge of $10 per item.

Lost items will be charged to the patron.


Professor Jennifer L. McDaniel-Milliken - Music Librarian
Graduate and Undergraduate student staff

Services Beyond Winthrop University

Resources helpful to the music student and researcher are available through interlibrary loan and are abundant on the World Wide Web. Many of these can be accessed through a number of music libraries across the nation. Here is a small list of major contributors:

Inter-library Resources:

Rice University Brown Music Library
Furman University Library
University of South Carolina at Columbia Music Library
James Madison University Music Library
Eastman Music Library
Petrucci Music Library

Note: More information concerning the Music Library at Winthrop and other outside links will be added in the future.

Questions concerning Winthrop University's Music Library should be directed to the library staff.

Phone: 803/323-2627

Last Updated: 8/5/19