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Using the Music Library


  1. How do I find Scores / CDs / Videos?
  2. I have my call number written down, now what?
  3. How do I find reserve items?
  4. What is Rush Cataloging?
  5. What is Interlibrary Loan?
  6. How do I use the Printer?
How do I find Scores / CDs / Videos?

There are three options that you can use in order to speed up your search...

Option One: Search by Author

From the Library's catalog page...

  • Click on AUTHOR, then enter the author's name in the field (Last name, First name)
    ex. Bach, J.S.
  • Click on the SEARCH button.
  • When the next page comes up and the entry looks like this:
    ex. Bach, J.S. Johann Sebastian 1685 1750 --see-- Bach Johann Sebastian 1685 1750
    Now you can click on the blue link.
  • If Bach's works just appear you are now free to begin searching.

    There are two ways that you can browse through a list of works...

    1. Click the NEXT PAGE button until you find what you are looking for.
    2. Go to the JUMP TO AN ENTRY field and enter a number where you think the piece is located, and click on the JUMP TO AN ENTRY button.
      HINT: The entries are in alphabetical order; so the number that you type in will represent where the piece is alphabetically.
  • After you have found the piece in the catalog write down the call # and go look in the stacks.
Option Two: Search By Title, Keyword, or by Subject

From the library's catalog page...

  • From the top menu (which by default displays "Keyword"), choose Author, Title or Subject, or leave Keyword as the setting.
    NOTE:Using the keyword function allows you to look up a song title that may be included in the contents of a collection.
  • Enter the author, the title, the keyword(s) (this can also be the title), or the subject.
  • Now click GO.
Option Three: Limit/Sort search

CAUTION: This option is not always reliable!

After you have done a search...

  • Click on the LIMIT/SORT button.
  • When the screen comes up enter the information into the fields.
    For Example: If I am looking for Lobet Den Herrn, Alle Heiden
  • Unless you have a specific language in mind, leave this field blank.
  • Choose what type of material it is.
  • Next type in the title.
  • Now choose where the item is located. Use UNLV Music Book Stacks (if you are looking for a score) or UNLV Music Media (if your are looking for CD's, tapes, or records.)
  • If you have a year of publication, enter it into the appropriate field.
  • If you do not have a year of publication, just click on the LIMIT/SORT ITEMS RETRIEVED USING ABOVE DATA button.
I have my call number written down, now what?

The standard format of a call number with labels

  • Items are first shelved alphabetically by class letter.
  • Items are next shelved numerically by class number. Examples:
    • M8.B823 1997
    • M219 .B9 1923
    • M219.5 .A415 1966
    • M220 .H12 HWV 8816 1998
  • Items are then shelved character by character by Cutter number (a letter followed by one or more numbers). In other words, treat Cutter numbers as if they were decimals. For example, .18 is smaller than .2 and would come first, so B18 would come before B2. Examples:
    • M25. B29 J4 1923
    • M25. B3335 K55 1975
    • M25. B4 op. 26 1966
How do I find reserve items?

There are two options for finding reserves

Option One: Searching by Professor/Instructor Name

From the Library's catalog page...

  • Select the Course Reserves: Professor/Instructor Name option.
  • Type in the Professor's Name.
    Example: Doe, John
  • Click on the SEARCH button.
  • Write down the call number and bring it to the Circulation Desk, so a librarian may pull it for you.
Option Two: Searching by Course Name

From the Library's catalog page...

  • Select the Course Reserves: Course Name option.
  • Enter the name of the course or the course number, and click SEARCH
  • Bring the call number up to the Circulation Desk so that a Librarian may pull it for you.
What is Rush Cataloging

Rush cataloging means that materials which have been received can be cataloged quickly. The normal processing time for a rush request is 48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays.

Here's How To Do It...

  • On the Music Libraries Home Page Click on the TAB that says, "Library Services".
  • On the next screen click Request Rush Cataloging
  • Enter the needed information into the fields.
    NOTE: If you want to pick up the book here, you must type in UNLV Music Library into the Other Information field.
  • Click on the SEND REQUEST button.

Help us bring our music home quicker. We encourage students to use this option if they need a piece quickly. It helps to bring new music into the library faster, for students and faculty to enjoy!

What is Inter Library Loan? (formerly known as Document Delivery)

Inter Library Loan is a service where if a book you need is located at another library, you can put in a request to have it deliverd here. The book's current location determines how long it will take to come in.

How do I do Inter Library Loan?

From the Music Library Home Page...

  • Click on the Services Option.
  • Click on Interlibrary Laon page, or you can click this link.
  • Under New Request, click on the type of document you need, then fill in the blanks.
How do I use the Printer?
  • After the selection to be printed is ready for the printer; first click on the PRINT PREVIEW option from the file menu.

    It is VERY important that you use the print preview!

  • Click on the FILE MENU, and select PRINT.
  • Make any necessary adjustments and click on PRINT
  • When the field comes up from PHAROS, enter your name.
  • Go to the printer, put your COPY CARD into the machine. Click on your paper on the PHAROS computer screen, and click PRINT.