Music 131: The Art of Music: Home

Getting started

Use this guide to get the most out of the Music Library! Let the tabs running across the top lead you to specific areas. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

Halvorson Music Library is located on the first floor of Christiansen Hall of Music.

Halvorson Music Library: What's here?



Halvorson Music Library houses materials in the St. Olaf library system that concern music. These include 25,000 scores, 17,000 recordings (both video and audio), 18,000 books about music, music periodicals, and reference resources. Computers and listening/viewing stations are available for use, and a group study room contains video, audio, and computer capabilities. We also subscribe to almost ten million tracks of streamed audio!

St. Olaf uses the Library of Congress classification system, in which most music materials begin with the call letter "M" (see below).

Browsing the shelves

Use the guides posted at the end of shelves for more specific help in browsing. The collection is generally organized in the following manner:

  • M = the music itself (i.e. scores, printed music, recordings)

  • ML = books about music history and literature

  • MT = books about music theory, music education, and instruction and study (including many method books)

Note: Recordings (audio and video) are housed in a closed stack area and must be requested at the circulation desk.

Music Librarian

Beth Christensen
Christiansen Hall of Music 147

St. Olaf College

Northfield, MN 55057
Subjects:Dance, Music