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Mary Church Terrell Main Library
148 W College St. Oberlin, OH 44074-1545


The main visitor lot is the east Service Building lot, and the south row of the Carnegie Building lot for visitors to offices within that building.

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Listening & Study Spaces

In addition to the research room/workstation area, the Con library offers the following spaces for those using the collections:

12 networked computers

  • equipped to play CDs and DVDs and to access digital collections a wide array of research resources

2 listening/viewing rooms

  • accommodating up to four people each

  • equipped to play DVDs, video cassettes, laser discs, reel-to-reel tapes

Study carrels

  • not assigned; open to all at any time


Electronic Materials

  • Non-audio digital files are available via Blackboard, or the instructor's preferred course content depository

  • Access to files on Blackboard is restricted to students enrolled in a given course

  • Streaming audio is made available for courses through Google Drive and links to Oberlin's online resources

These materials are linked through course syllabi submitted directly to Conservatory Library staff prior to the beginning of the semester.

To arrange listening for your course reserves:

  • Provide a course syllabus and specify particular recordings (or we will supply a links to Naxos or other streaming resources based on your suggestions). Send syllabi to Marla Thompson, Conservatory Library Circulation Coordinator, at

  • We will return a linked document which you may add to your Blackboard (or Google Drive) course listing

  • Students may then click on syllabus links to listen

    For assistance with streaming audio material contact Marla Thompson at or (440) 775-5136

Tangible Materials/Regular Reserve

  • books, CDs, binders, scores, videos, etc. are shelved at the Circulation Desk

  • items circulate for three hours

  • reserve recordings do not leave the library

  • print reserves may leave the library

  • print reserves may be checked out overnight if the three-hour loan period will expire after the library has closed

    • materials are due by 9am the next morning

Information for Faculty

  • create lists of reserve items using reserve forms

  • check OBIS for status information (indicate items you have checked out to yourself to avoid recall notices)

  • library staff will retrieve the items from the library collections (personal items may also be put on reserve)

  • submit forms or questions to Marla Thompson at or (440) 775-5136

    • late additions to Blackboard lists will be processed in seven days

    • alterations or additional drafts of course syllabi submitted for streaming audio processing will be processed in the order that they are received


Reference Assistance

The Information Desk staff in the Conservatory Library is glad to help with your reference queries. We provide information about music (printed and recorded), books and articles, brief answers to factual questions, and suggestions for sources which might help answer your questions.

Information Desk Hours

  • Spring & Fall Semesters only; hours at other times vary

  • Sunday - Thursday: 2:30-5:00pm, 7:30-10:00pm

  • Friday & Saturday: 2:30-5:00pm

If you have questions at a time when the Information Desk is not open, ask for the Public Services Librarian at the Circulation Desk or send an email message.

Research Appointments

Schedule a research appointment with the Public Services Librarian, Kathleen Abromeit. Services include assistance with identifying, locating, and using appropriate print, digital, and other resources; and assistance with finding specific books, articles, music materials, and other items.