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Music: How to find music for listening

Looking for sheet music to perform? Recordings to listen to? Books and articles about music or a related topic? This libguide will help!

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Use the search box below to search the Library Catalog for books, eBooks, videos, etc.

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Can't find the article you want in our databases? Put in a request through ILLiad - InterLibrary Loan.

Your article will be delivered to you within 3-5 days, as a PDF so you can read it on your computer.

I want to listen to streaming music

You'll find a variety of music, not just "classical," in the database called Classical Music Library  that's available in our Databases A-Z. Just click on that link. When you access that from off-campus, you'll enter your Net ID and password when it asks for that.

As you may know, there are various commercial services and applications that are advertisement driven or fee based. Certainly explore to find one you like. You'll find a list of streaming music services in the Wikipedia artice on Streaming Music Services, and a list of Internet Radio Stations in the Wikipedia article on that topic, and access to many streaming music options via iTunes, in both the "Radio" and "Radio" links.

Additionally, many public library systems in the Bay Area offer access to streaming music databases. Visit your local public library website for more information on how to access those resources:

Alameda County Library (Find a branch here.)

Oakland Public Library (Find a branch here.)

Contra Costa Library (Find a branch here.)

San Franciso Public Library (Find a branch here.)

Berkeley Public Library (Find a branch here.)

I want to listen to a CD (compact disc)

Find CD's (both music and spoken word) by searching in the Library Catalog. You can do a KEYWORD search on a composer name or a music group or solo artist or even a style of music and the phrase compact disc. For example, to find the CD's with Wayne Shorter, you can enter:

Wayne Shorter compact disc then click search. You'll get a result list similar to this. To get to the CD you want to hear, go to the Media/Reserves Counter on the Upper Mall level of the library and ask for the CD by call number. 

As always, contact me if you encounter technical difficulties or just want to consult about locating the music you want to hear. My contact information is in the box on the right. Thanks! -Tom

I want to listen to an LP

The CSU East Bay Library owns some recordings on LP and there is a turntable at a listening station on the Upper Mall level near the Media Reserves Desk. To find an lp in our collection takes some patience: use the Library Catalog. Enter a keyword, or title, or composer or performer, restrict the Material Type to RECORD-MUSIC and scan through the results list for the Location of "LP records(TechSvcs)." When you find an lp you want to hear, ask for it at the Reference Desk on the Lower Mall. 

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