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About the Library

Our Mission

The Musicians Institute Library supports the comprehensive, innovative, and unique educational and research goals of the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music by providing resources, information, and services essential to students, faculty, and staff.  These services include reference, instruction, and the acquisition and provision of online and in‐house scholarly and supplemental materials to aid in student academic success.

Our Vision

The Musicians Institute Library's vision is:

  • To have a robust, well-described, and accessible collection of physical and digital materials as well as access to online databases to support student academic achievement.
  • To lend top-of-the-line equipment to students for their various musical endeavors.
  • To instruct students in information literacy so they can develop a skill-set that will help them succeed in life as well as in the music industry.
  • To provide a safe, inclusive, and productive environment for students to explore their academic and musical interests.

Our Values

The Musicians Institute Library values the following:

  • Access to books, music, instruments, and any other useful educational materials for students, faculty and staff.
  • Updated technology, including software, computer systems, charging stations, listening stations and more, so that students have all the proper tools to succeed.
  • An open, welcoming, and helpful space for students, faculty, and staff to study and find information about the school and academic research.

Our Goals

I. Provide exceptional, timely, and accurate point of contact circulation and reference services while assisting the Musicians Institute students, faculty, and staff with scholarly and supplemental remote research via online databases and archives, inter‐library loan, and also through the physical locating, borrowing, requesting and returning of materials.

II. Facilitate a space offering the forefront of available technologies through which students of the Musicians Institute may achieve academic success offering an inviting space for research and the sharpening of skill within their discipline by means of a pristine modern environment that fosters creativity and is conducive to study.   

III. Ensure preservation of the Musicians Institute intellectual assets or trade secrets providing students and faculty with recorded live performance workshops, concerts, and clinics online and maintaining a digital library containing expansive MI content with enduring value.  

IV. Offer individual and course instruction on effective research and information retrieval online, remotely, and in multiple formats. Work with faculty to provide and deliver effective, contemporary, course related materials. Develop and maintain the consistently evolving Musicians Institute Library collections with an eye toward the future.  

V. Maintain a friendly, helpful point of contact for all Musicians Institute faculty, students, and staff while serving as a link between students, faculty, and various campus entities. Offer continuing education opportunities for those employed with the library in an effort to continue along the lines of the college’s pioneering, entrepreneurial, and industry relevant spirit.