Curtis Institute of Music Library
1720 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: (215) 893-5265

Fax: (215) 893-9065




The library, housed in the Rock Resource Center at 1720 Locust Street, contains over 100,000 volumes of music scores and books, including scholarly sets of composers’ complete works, authoritative editions of the standard repertoire, and recordings.

The library's holdings are searchable online via the ROC. For information about borrowing privileges, please see our policies and procedures.

The Rock Resource Center has an elevator and accessible restrooms for patron use. For patrons with mobility issues, please contact us at or 215-893-5265 and we will gladly arrange to make our collections accessible to you.

Visit the Audio-Visual Desk, located on the second floor of the Rock Resource Center, to access the collection of audio and video recordings of Field Concert Hall recitals, ensemble and opera performances, and other Curtis-sponsored special events. Commercial CDs, DVDs, and some LPs are also available for listening and viewing.

Patrons can view or listen to A/V materials using the media room on the third floor, listening stations scattered throughout the library, or using a personal laptop. Students may also make copies of their own performance CDs in the library.

The second floor seminar room is appropriate for library instruction and small classes.  Please contact the library if you’d like to reserve the room for one-time or semester-long use.

Rooms suitable for group study are located on the second and fourth floors of the library.

The library has desktop computers located throughout the building which are available for searching the catalog, listening to media, etc. For non-library related work, computers are available on the fourth floor.

The library has two circulating external DVD drives, should you need one for your netbook or laptop. Please see a librarian at the circulation desk if you'd like to check one out.

Located on the first floor, the lounge is an area for library visitors to socialize and relax. The lounge features long tables for working, soft seating, and free coffee or tea along with a public scanning/printing station.

The media room contains a large screen TV, component stereo system, video players, and speakers.  Patrons can use the media room to view/listen to CDs, LPs, DVDs, video tapes, DVDs, and cassettes.

The first-floor lounge offers free scanning and printing. The printer is networked to both the scanning station and the lounge computer. The scanning station, featuring a flat-bed scanner, is large enough for most music scores and books. Options are available for scan-to-email, scan-to-USB drive, scan-to-print (photocopying), and scan-to-network drive. Please ask a librarian if you have any questions about using the equipment.