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Religion Collections in Libraries and Archives:
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The Catholic University of America Music Library

Address: 101 Ward Hall
620 Michigan Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20064
Telephone Number: (202) 319-5424
Fax Number: (202) 319-4735
Contact Persons: Maurice Saylor, Music Librarian
Internet Catalog Address:

Access Policies

Hours of Service:
During Fall and Spring Semesters:
Monday--Thursday 9:00 a.m.--9:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m.--6:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m.--6:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m.--8:00 p.m.
During First Summer Session
(and between sessions):
Monday--Friday 9:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.
During Second Summer Session:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 a.m.--8:00 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 p.m.--5:00 p.m.
Open to the public: Yes
Photocopying:: Yes
Interlibrary loan: Yes

The public is welcome to use Music Library materials on site. Photocopying machines require a copycard. There is a card vending machine in the Music Library that takes bills. The Music Library does not make change.

The Library closes for several national holidays, as well as some church holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year. Patrons are advised to telephone the Library to verify hours of service.

Reference Policy:
The Music Library responds to reference questions received by mail and telephone as time permits. Patrons whose questions require consultation of other university libraries are referred to the appropriate librarian.

Borrowing Privileges:
Although most members of the general public cannot borrow materials, patrons from Washington Research Library Consortium institutions and the Washington Theological Consortium have borrowing privileges.

Washington Theological Consortium, Washington Research Libraries Consortium, and OCLC. Library holdings are listed on OCLC.

Background Note:
The Music Library was founded in 1952.
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Description of Collections

Books and monographs:
The Library has 213 titles from the 19th and 20th centuries dealing with sacred music, with additional mention in general works on music history and biographies of composers and performers. The collection is particularly strong in materials about Gregorian chant. Materials are listed in both a card and a computer catalog.

Periodicals and newspapers:
There are five current subscriptions and 16 periodical titles from the 19th and 20th centuries, with emphases on Gregorian chant and Roman Catholic church music.

Materials are listed in both a card and a computer catalog.

The Dom Mocquereau Microfilm Collection of Liturgical Chant Manuscripts is available in the Microform Reading Room in Mullen Library. Intended for use by scholars and advanced graduate students, this collection of medieval chant manuscripts was founded in 1974 with funding from the Dom Mocquereau Foundation. As of June 1994, the collection consisted of approximately 470 microfilm reels, with new materials added each year. The collection includes reproductions of texts spanning the 9th through the 16th centuries from libraries and archives in Germany, Spain, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Russia, Croatia, and the U.S.

Videos and Sound Recordings:
There are approximately 5,500 sound disks containing some sacred music, published in the 19th and 20th centuries and representing the earliest recorded music to the present. These are listed in the computer catalog and there is a printed database of long-playing records.

Other holdings not listed above:
There are approximately 4,000 volumes of scores containing some sacred music, published in the 19th and 20th centuries and representing the earliest recorded music to the present. These are listed in the computer catalog.

Subject Headings

Gregorian chant


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