The Conservatory Library’s Collection consists of approximately 365,000 physical items, comparable to the largest music libraries in academic settings, both public and private. The collections include over 151,330 sound recordings, 153,000 musical scores, nearly 61,000 books about music, and 200 periodical titles. The library’s collection includes a substantial foundation of Western art music from all historical periods, complete editions of the works of major composers, and an ever-growing collection of traditionally underrepresented composers, American, ethnic, contemporary, jazz, folk, and popular music.
The digital collection is significant, with access to all the major music research databases, video streaming, sound recording streaming, digital score collections such as the Henle Library app, and portions of the Music Online Classical Scores Library.
Special collections represent various musical subjects, particularly jazz, early American music history, and stringed-instrument design and construction.