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The John de Lancie Library is located in the Milton L. Rock Resource Center, 1720 Locust Street. 

ROC: Rock Online Catalog

General Holdings 

Library Access and Policies 


Audio-Video Desk

Orchestra Library 




General Holdings

The main floor, third and fourth floors, and basement of the Milton L. Rock Resource Center contain more than eighty thousand music scores, books, and recordings for study and performance. In addition the library collects manuscripts, gifts of music, and memorabilia of Curtis and people associated with it. To view the Rock Online Catalog (ROC) or use the electronic resources please visit the library section of the Intranet.

Library Access and Policies

The library is for student use, as well as that of faculty members and Philadelphia-area alumni. Outside researchers seeking access to special collections must apply in writing to Michelle Oswell, director of music library information resources.

StaffStudents and score

Michelle Oswell, Director of Music Library Information Resources


Emily Butler, Assistant Librarian


Molly O'Brien, Media Librarian


Helene van Rossum, Archivist


Darryl Hartshorne, Circulation Manager


Barbara Benedett, Assistant archivist and A/V desk manager


Audio/Video DeskListening room

The Audio/Video Desk, located on the fourth floor of the Rock Resource Center, maintains a collection of audio and video recordings of Field Concert Hall recitals and most other school and special events, such as orchestra concerts, alumni recitals, and operas. CDs and DVDs are available for listening and viewing. In-house viewing can be done in the listening room on the third floor or the headphone listening room on the fourth floor. Students may also make copies of their own performance CDs in the library.

Orchestra Library

The orchestra library is located on the fourth floor of Lenfest Hall. Managed by orchestra librarian Holly Matthews, it houses some 1,400 sets of orchestral parts and scores, many of which came from the collection of famed conductor Max Rudolf. These parts are available not only for Curtis Symphony Orchestra activities, but also for use by students in other school-related performances, audition preparation, and general study.  


Historic recital hall photoThe Curtis Archives document and preserve the history of the Curtis Institute of Music and make its records and materials available to the greater Curtis community and researchers. Use of some materials may be restricted by limitations imposed by law, donor stipulations, Curtis policies, or preservation concerns. The archives are open by appointment only. For more information, please contact the archivist.