The Dorothea Music Library
Monday 12pm – 6pm
Tuesday 12pm – 8pm
Wednesday 12pm – 8pm
Thursday 12pm – 5pm
Friday 12pm – 5pm (closed the Friday preceding the first Saturday)
First Saturday of the Month: 10am - 3pm
The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music offers a comprehensive music library to its students and faculty. The Dorothea Music Library is located on the lower level of the Prospect Avenue branch. Its holdings comprise more than 20,000 books and scores; 17,000 CDs of classical and jazz music; and an expanding selection of DVDs.
Since the school's founding in 1899, the Conservatory has prided itself on being able to provide its students with access to materials that broaden their musical experiences. This extensive, carefully chosen collection of books on music-related topics includes composer and performer biographies and works on theory and music history. Instrumentalists and vocalists also have a great resource in the library's selection of classical voice, piano, and chamber music scores.
Recent acquisitions include the Ron Cuzner jazz donation of 10,000 CDs, the latest edition of the 29-volume New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and all 118 Aebersold "Jazz Playalongs" on CD.
The library also contains a comprehensive collection of classical guitar music. Raymond Mueller, the Conservatory's librarian since 1982 and a classical guitarist himself, can knowledgeably answer questions about this genre, as well as any other aspect of the collection.
Students and faculty may use the library and check out items free of charge. Non-conservatory users may access library materials on a limited basis, with approval from the librarian.