Support the Library

The Ohio State University Music & Dance Library supports the teaching, research, and performance areas of the School of Music and the Department of Dance. The Library's collections and facilities are open to all OSU students, faculty, and staff, and to the public.

The generosity of our friends plays a vital role in helping us acquire essential books, scores, periodicals, recordings, databases and streaming media. A Music & Dance Library Endowment Fund has been established to help the Library maintain its position as one of the largest and finest collections of its kind. A Builders Fund has also been established to help meet current needs. (Click the links to make a donation using our secure server.) To learn how you can help, phone us at 614-688-0163. OSU faculty and staff may also contribute through the annual Campus Campaign: our Endowment is fund number 645087; the Builders Fund is fund number 312947. 

Gifts to the Music & Dance Library may also take the form of bequests, of deferred gifts that provide the donor with a life income and then benefit the Library, or marketable securities, life insurance, real property, and retirement plan assets. Bequests provide a way to memorialize your support of the Music & Dance Library and its mission.

Gifts of life insurance may be made in the form of a new policy or an existing policy. Premiums paid by the donor on a donated life insurance policy may qualify for tax deductions. If you currently own a policy that is paid in full, you may donate it.

Gifts of retirement plan assets can be arranged by naming the Music & Dance Library a beneficiary on your retirement plan or IRA. This option can result in estate or inheritance tax savings.

Life income gifts can be made through charitable trusts and charitable gift annuities. These arrangements may result in income and estate tax savings while providing an annual income to you, your family, or others.

Many employers will match employees' gifts to the Music & Dance Library. The beneficial effect of your gift may be doubled or tripled. Some companies match gifts made by retirees or spouses.

Planned giving lets you make gifts of assets during your lifetime or through a will or testamentary instrument. Such gifts can provide enhanced tax benefits, and may return an income to the donor. And it is possible to achieve tax benefits by deeding a home to the Library while continuing to occupy the property for life. For further information, see Ways To Give.

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The Library's collections include approximately 80,000 vinyl and tape recordings, 35,500 compact discs,130,000 books and scores, 13,000 serials, 5,500 microfilms, and 3,000 DVD and VHS videos. In addition, the Library houses the former WOSU-FM collection of approximately 22,500 vinyl LPs of classical, jazz, and operatic works, a large collection of recorded faculty, ensemble, and student performances from the OSU School of Music, the Lois Sims Sheet Music Collection of approximately 1,200 items, the Jacques Barzun Recordings Collection of approximately 600 items, and the American Broadcasting Company collection of approximately 16,000 pieces of popular sheet music from the early 20th century to the 1950s. The Library also contains a Nordic Music Collection of contemporary Scandinavian scores and recordings comprising approximately 2,300 scores and 2,000 recordings.

The general collections include biographies, histories, theoretical and reference works about music and dance, periodical and serial sets, music theses and dissertations, recital recordings, and a large variety of materials on music and dance topics from ancient times to the present. The score collections contain not only scholarly editions of the complete works of all the major composers but also a wide range of practical editions of vocal and instrumental music. Special research materials include microforms of music manuscripts and early prints, and music dissertations from other universities in the United States and abroad. The Library owns a set of the Deutsches Musikgeschichtliches Archiv microfilms that reproduce thousands of documents in Renaissance and early Baroque music found chiefly in German libraries. And the Library owns more than five hundred music dictionaries dating from 1495 to the present.

Online specialized databases include Music Index, RILM, RIPM, Music Periodicals Database (formerly International Index to Music Periodicals), International Index to Performing Arts, Index to Printed Music, and Oxford Music Online, together with hundreds of general-interest databases and online journals, many of them full-text. Also available are such streaming audio and video resources as DRAM (complete liner notes and essays from New World Records, Composers Recordings, and other labels), Dance in Video, Met Opera on Demand,, American Song, Classical Music Library, Classical Music in Video, Jacob's Pillow Dance, Jazz Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Smithsonian Global Sound, Films on Demand, On the Boards, and the classical and jazz Naxos Music Libraries.

The Library is proudly serving as the central editorial office for an exciting music iconography database project. The Répertoire International d'Iconographie Musicale (RIdIM) is a worldwide effort to identify and catalog art works that feature musical images such as instruments, performers, composers, and events. Library staff involved in the project include librarians Alan Green (Project Coordinator) and Sean Ferguson (Editor-in-Chief), Jarod Ogier (Associate Editor), and Gretchen Atkinson (Cataloger). In addition, numerous School of Music graduate students have contributed their time and skills, especially Bria Parker, Ursula Crosslin, and Alison Furlong. The RIdIM database is available for free searching on the Web. For information, contact Sean Ferguson at 614-292-2319 or

Music has been an integral part of The Ohio State University from its earliest years. The Men's Glee Club dates from 1873, and the University Band from 1879. Music courses were first offered in 1908, and dance courses in 1923. The Music Library was organized in 1946, moved from Hughes Hall to Sullivant Hall in 1975, and, in 2011, to 175 West 18th Avenue.

Materials for the music and dance collections are purchased primarily through general funds from OSU Libraries. The Music & Dance Library receives additional funding from the Friends of The Ohio State University Libraries.