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The Yale University Library comprises three central libraries—Sterling Memorial Library, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Library—and twelve school and department libraries as well as many special collections. Among the largest university libraries in the United States, it includes more than fifteen million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. Students have access to the physical collections and study spaces of all the libraries at Yale, as well as to a full array of online and digital resources. For additional information, please visit http://web.library.yale.edu.

The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library contains approximately 121,000 scores and parts for musical performance and study; 81,000 books about music; 43,000 compact discs and recordings; 11,600 microforms of music manuscripts and scores; 45,000 pieces of sheet music; 95,000 photographs; 4,000 linear feet of archival materials; 650 individual music manuscripts not forming a portion of a larger collection; 425 active subscriptions to music periodicals; and numerous electronic databases of books, scores, audio, and video. The collection has been designed for scholarly study and reference, as well as to meet the needs of performing musicians. Fundamental to both purposes are the great historical sets and collected editions of composers’ works, of which the library possesses all significant publications. Special areas of collecting include theoretical literature of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries; chamber works of all periods for various instrumental combinations; an extensive collection of musical iconography, including 35,000 photos in the Fred Plaut Archives; the Galeazzi collection of Italian manuscripts; the manuscripts and papers of Leroy Anderson, Daniel Asia, Paul Bekker, Lehman Engel, Henry Gilbert, Benny Goodman, John Hammond, Thomas de Hartmann, Vladimir Horowitz, J. Rosamond Johnson, John Kirkpatrick, Ralph Kirkpatrick, Benjamin Lees, Goddard Lieberson, Ted Lewis, Red Norvo, Harold Rome, Carl Ruggles, E. Robert Schmitz, Franz Schreker, Robert Shaw, Kay Swift, Deems Taylor, Alec Templeton, Virgil Thomson, and Kurt Weill; the manuscripts of Leo Ornstein and Hershy Kay; and the works of noted composers formerly associated with Yale University as teachers or students. The last-named area includes the complete manuscript collection of Charles E. Ives, B.A. 1898; the collection of documents concerning Paul Hindemith’s career in the United States; and the complete papers and manuscripts of David Stanley Smith, Horatio Parker, Richard Donovan, Quincy Porter, David Kraehenbuehl, Howard Boatwright, and Mel Powell. The library also houses the extensive Lowell Mason Library of Church Music, noted for its collection of early American hymn and tune books. Individual manuscript holdings include autograph manuscripts of J.S. Bach, Frederic Chopin, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, and Franz Liszt.

Access to the Music Library’s holdings is available through Orbis, the Yale library’s online catalog. All of the Music Library’s published scores, books, and compact discs have been entered into the Orbis database. Access to some recordings, microforms, and manuscript materials is only available in the specialized card catalogs. Finding aids for one hundred archival collections have been entered into the Yale University Library Finding Aid Database.

The holdings of the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library are complemented by other collections in the Yale library. Chief among these is the Historical Sound Recordings collection. Historical Sound Recordings currently holds more than 250,000 rarities that date back to the very beginning of sound recording and continue up to the present day. Oral History of American Music (OHAM) collects and preserves audio and video memoirs directly in the voices of major musical figures of our time. Thousands of recordings and transcripts are currently accessible. Collections in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale, particularly the Frederick R. Koch Collection, the Speck Collection of Goethiana, the Yale Collection of American Literature, and the Osborn Collection, also hold valuable music materials.

Another resource for Institute students is the Divinity Library, containing more than 500,000 volumes, 270,000 microforms, and 5,000 linear feet of manuscript and archival material. Its primary strengths are in the history of missions, Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox; Christian theology, historical and constructive; biblical literature; and church history. Among its collections is the Lowell Mason Collection of Hymnology, which was cataloged and made accessible to students and scholars through a grant from the Institute of Sacred Music.

The Institute of Sacred Music maintains several small collections. These include a choral lending library of more than three thousand holdings, the Clarence Dickinson Organ Library, and a slide collection pertinent to the curriculum of the Institute.

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Music Facilities

The main buildings of the School of Music are Leigh Hall at 435 College Street; Sprague Memorial Hall, which also houses Morse Recital Hall, at 470 College Street; and Hendrie Hall at 165 Elm Street. The Adams Center for Musical Arts, which opened in January 2017, connects Leigh Hall and the newly renovated Hendrie Hall by way of a new structure that includes a student commons with a four-story atrium. For the first time, musicians from across campus can come together and interact as one community. The complex is a state-of-the-art facility with enhanced acoustics and the latest instructional technology in all spaces. The Adams Center’s three-story orchestra rehearsal hall is the first home for the Yale Philharmonia and Yale Symphony Orchestra. Reimagined spaces in Hendrie Hall house the University bands and the Yale Glee Club; the School’s opera, brass, and percussion departments; an Ensemble Library for all resident ensembles; and the deputy dean’s office. Twenty-six new practice studios and six classrooms provide space for Yale College and Yale School of Music students to meet, study, practice, and rehearse chamber music.

The Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments, containing nearly one thousand instruments, is located at 15 Hillhouse Avenue. Woolsey Hall, which contains the Newberry Memorial Organ, is used throughout the year for numerous concerts and recitals.

Marquand Chapel, at the heart of Sterling Divinity Quadrangle, is home to an E.M. Skinner organ, a Hammond B-3 electronic organ, and the Baroque-style Krigbaum Organ by Taylor & Boody. These instruments, the acoustics, and its flexible seating arrangements make Marquand Chapel a unique performance space at Yale. The instruments and practice facilities at the Institute are described in the chapter Programs of Study, under Organ.

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Divinity School Facilities

The Sterling Divinity Quadrangle at 409 Prospect Street is the home of the Institute of Sacred Music. The complex also includes the Yale Divinity School, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, the Center for Faith and Culture, Marquand Chapel, classrooms, administrative offices, the Divinity Library, dining hall, common room, and two guest lodges.

Since 1971, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, an Episcopal seminary, has been affiliated with Yale Divinity School. Berkeley Divinity School retains its identity through its board of trustees, its dean, and the Berkeley Center located at 363 St. Ronan Street. Episcopal students come under the care of the dean of Berkeley Divinity School for spiritual formation and counseling, but are not differentiated from other Yale Divinity School students. As a result of the affiliation, there is one integrated student body and faculty.

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Students in the Institute of Sacred Music are eligible to use housing and dining hall facilities at the Divinity School. Information and application forms for both single and married student housing at the Divinity School are sent after admission to the Institute has been confirmed.

The Yale Housing Office has dormitory and apartment units available for graduate and professional students. Dormitories are single occupancy of varying sizes and prices. They are located across the campus, from Edward S. Harkness Memorial Hall, serving the medical campus, to the Hall of Graduate Studies and Helen Hadley Hall, serving the central/science campus. Unfurnished apartments consisting of efficiencies and one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments for singles and families are also available. The office’s website (http://housing.yale.edu) is the venue for graduate housing information and includes procedures, facility descriptions, floor plans, and rates. Applications for the new academic year are available beginning April 1 and can be submitted directly from the website.

The Yale Housing Office also manages the Off Campus Living listing service (http://offcampusliving.yale.edu; 203.436.2881), which is the exclusive Yale service for providing off-campus rental and sales listings. This secure system allows members of the Yale community to search rental listings, review landlord/property ratings, and search for a roommate in the New Haven area. On-campus housing is limited, and members of the community should consider off-campus options. Yale University discourages the use of Craigslist and other third-party nonsecure websites for off-campus housing searches.

The Yale Housing Office is located in Helen Hadley Hall (HHH) at 420 Temple Street. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; 203.432.2167.

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