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Located on the second and third levels of the USC School of Music, the Music Library's collection is one of the largest in the southeast, containing books and scores, print and electronic journals, audio and video recordings, and special collections. Patrons can check out circulating audio and video recordings, and twelve carrels are equipped for in-house viewing and listening. Electronic resources include International Index to Music Periodicals, RILM, RIPM, Oxford Music Online (Grove), DRAM, and Naxos Music Library, the 24-hour online listening service.

Coffee in the Music Library








“If I couldn’t, three times a day, be allowed to drink my little cup of coffee, in my anguish I will turn into a shriveled-up roast goat.” Liesgen from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Coffee Cantata

Don’t turn into a roast goat! The Music Library has your caffeine needs covered for finals. Free coffee December 11-15.


Check out our Chalkboard! Introducing Dave Robbins from the Trenholm Artists Guild

Robbins, in the process of creating “Resilient.”

This semester we are thrilled to be showcasing the work of painter and USC landscape artist, Dave Robbins. In addition to creating the fifth work in the Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series, a number of his paintings will also be on display in the Music Library this Fall.

About his chalkboard mural, entitled “Resilient,” Robbins writes: “This mural represents overcoming the many challenges that we are faced with throughout life. Whether it is tragedy and turmoil, or simply minor hurdles that challenge our lives, eventually we are able to step back and appreciate our perseverance and bathe in its tranquility.”

Resilient will be on display in the Music Library through December 2017.

Join Us for Expert Advice on How to Publish and Record

Join us on Tuesday, October 10 at 3 PM in the Music Library for a fascinating discussion about the realities of publishing in music.

Our panelists include: Dr. Danny Jenkins who will talk about his recent book publishing experience with Oxford University Press, Dr. Greg Springer who will discuss best ways to publish journal articles in music, and Dr. Greg Stuart who will share his experiences working with a recording company. This will be an informal discussion where questions are expected and encouraged. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Art in the Music Library: Featuring the Works of Dave Robbins

This semester, Music Library is excited to be hosting an exhibit of the works of local artist Dave Robbins, courtesy of the Trenholm Artists Guild, that includes six of Robbins’ paintings. Additionally, he has contributed the latest chalkboard creation to our Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series, and for a short time, the Music Library will host an additional display of Robbins’ works in conjunction with the Southern Exposure Concert on Oct. 13, 2017.

Dave Robbins is a native of the Carolinas and currently resides in Columbia, SC. Painting with acrylics and primarily using cool tones, Robbins describes his paintings as “minimal and slightly abstract.” His art is also influenced by his work as a landscape designer and horticulturalist for the University of South Carolina.

Through his paintings, Robbins seeks to “represent our sense of the unnatural in the natural landscape” and believes that “the more one tries to rationalize the dark beauty of nature, the more rich, complex, and elusive it becomes.” Robbins’ hope is that “this this primitive feeling of the unnatural, in which a scene feels both familiar and unknown, forces us to slow down and consider the elements of our own ‘reading’ of the natural world.”

Robbins says of his work, “My art represents what I see in nature and how I translate it onto a canvas. Much like life, my art tends to continually evolve. I just hope to enjoy the ride.”


Art in the Music Library: Featuring the Works of Nancy Hayes Washington

Primavera (acrylic on canvas) by Nancy Hayes Washington

“I suppose I must have been an artist all my life, but for a long time I just didn’t realize it,” Nancy Hayes Washington writes as the first line in her Artist’s Statement. The Music Library is excited to be hosting an exhibit, courtesy of the Trenholm Artists Guild, that includes twelve of Washington’s photographs and paintings.

Washington’s inspiration to begin creating her own visual art came as the result of a class  in religious art taught at the Lutheran Seminary. Her instructor insisted that “to truly appreciate the masters (Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, etc.) we needed to paint ourselves…” and instructed the class to “paint something from The Creation.” Washington writes,”The very next day I purchased some acrylic paints, some brushes and some canvases and I have been painting ever since.”

Washington has had two show of her acrylic paintings, one of which is still up at Shandon United Methodist Church and this is the third show featuring her photographs. She’s won several prizes for her photography as well, including First Prize for Photography at the Trenholm Artists Guild’s 2014 Spring Juried Art Exhibit & Sale.

Coffee in the Music Library

What goes best with a cup of coffee? Another cup. ~Henry Rollins

It’s that time of year again–come to the library for your end-of-semester study needs! Bring your mug and we’ll provide the coffee…and the additional coffee to go with it.

You’re Invited to Author’s Day!

Join us in the Music Library for Author’s Day on Thursday, March 23rd at 2 PM.

Author’s Day is unique chance to meet and celebrate your and your colleagues’ publishing efforts.  This year we have 18 people represented with a wide variety of publications.

Come celebrate the year’s School of Music publishing accomplishments with us!

Check out our Chalkboard! Introducing Christopher Lane from the Trenholm Artists Guild

Lane at work on the chalkboard.

This semester we are excited to be showcasing the work of modern surrealist artist Christopher Lane. In addition to creating the fourth work in the Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series, several of his paintings will also be on display in the Music Library this Spring.

Born in Minnesota in 1968, Lane was inspired at an early age by regional artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keefe and Roy Lichtenstein. Lane has lived in a number of widely varying locales that include Cairo, Egypt, New York State, Paris, France, and New Mexico, each having a unique influence on his evolution as an artist. Currently making his home in South Carolina, he finds himself more recently inspired by the works of Salvador Dali and Hieronymus Bosh.

Tara by Christopher Lane.

With his art, Lane explores themes like religion, politics, and human conflict through imagery that evokes moods and memories inspired by real life. In addition to the Chalkboard Mural, four of his works are currently on exhibit near the entrance of the Music Library: Amoral Behavior, Sunrise Over Congaree Swamp, Tara, and Self Portrait. For more information on Christopher Lane’s work visit http://www.laneartworks.com.

A Song’s Not a Song ’til You Sing It: Check Out Our Rodgers and Hammerstein Collection

Cinderella by Rodgers and Hammerstein.“A song is a lot of things. But, first of all, a song is the voice of its time. Setting words to music gives them weight, makes then somehow easier to say, and it helps them to be remembered. It may be that we can sing what we often cannot say, whether it be from shyness, fear, lack of the right words or the passion or dramatic gift to express them. More souls have rallied to more causes by the strains of music than by straining rhetoric.”  Richard Rodgers

Celebrated songwriter/composer team Rodgers and Hammerstein redefined American musical theater in the 1940s and 50s.  The team produced famed musicals Oklahoma! (1943), Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949), The King and I (1951), The Sound of Music (1959) and Cinderella for television (1957).  Together they won 35 Tony Awards, 15 Academy Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, two Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards.  Richard Rodgers is also one of only 12 people worldwide to win the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.

The Music Library at University of South Carolina boasts a comprehensive collection of works by Rodgers and Hammerstein including musical plays, musical scores and recordings in many formats.  Recently, the collections was substantially increased through a generous donation by Dr. Yvonne Moore and Mr. Schuyler Moore to include additional vocal scores of musicals such as Cinderella, arrangements for various instruments, song selections, biographies, histories, as well as arrangements for children.   With this important addition, our Rodgers and Hammerstein collection now serves the needs of patrons of all ages and musical backgrounds.