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By coming into the library and using our space and resources, faculty and students agree to do the following:

  • Wear headphones while practicing or listening to music.
  • Limit cell phone calls out of respect for others.
  • Straighten up your computer station when finished in preparation for the next student.
  • Finish any snacks before entering the library. Covered containers are recommended for liquids.
  • Speak quietly while in the library as not to disrupt those studying.

We sincerely appreciate your cooperation in making the library a safe and productive space for everyone in our community.

Items Available for Check-Out

  • Books and scores in the circulating collection
  • DVDs, CDs
  • Reserve Materials (2 hour reserves generally must be utilized on library premises)
  • Musical instruments, headphones, pedals, and misc. equipment
  • Magazines

The following categories of materials are not circulated.

  • Clinic DVDs

Check-Out Period

This policy will take effect January 1, 2020. Any items checked out before then will be subject to the previous check-out rules.


Material Type Musicians Institute Students and Alumni (Not Masters) Musicians Institute Graduate Students Musicians Institute Faculty & Staff Musicians Institute Program Chairs
Books, Textbooks, Scores, Periodicals, and Media* 1 week 2 weeks 4 weeks 1 Quarter
Instruments** and Equipment*** 2 hours 2 hours 4 hours 48 hours
Practice Stations 2 hours 4 hours 4 hours 48 hours

* Media includes all CDs and DVDs. NOTE: The Musicians Institute Library does not check out Clinics and Concert DVDs (DS DVDs).

** This includes all guitars, bass guitars, keyboards, and other instruments.

*** This includes headphones, amplifiers, tuners, metronomes, pedals, tools, cables, adapters, and more​.

Item Limit

There is no limit to the number of books students, faculty and staff may check out with a clear record of no overdue items. There is a limit to one guitar, amp, or primary instrument per check out. Media is limited to three items per check out. 

Borrowing of Instruments and Equipment

Students and Alumni must present a state issued identification card, driver's license, or passport, to borrow instruments and equipment. This identification will held by the library as collateral for the time that the equipment is borrowed and utilized by the student while on campus. Faculty and staff do not need to present collateral, however they are liable for any damage or loss of item. No instruments or equipment can be checked out in the last hour that the library is open.


Materials may be renewed unlimited times if no hold has been placed on the item. Items must be brought to the library in order for them to be renewed.

Overnight Requests

Students may request to borrow an instrument or piece of equipment (and any supportive equipment) overnight. An overnight request form must be filled out 12-24 hours in advance of the requested time. The Library Director will send an email accepting or rejecting the request. Items are not guaranteed to be available but we will try to place items on hold if possible. We will not collect ID for overnight requests, however students are still liable for all damage or loss. ALL INSTRUMENTS AND EQUIPMENT MUST REMAIN ON CAMPUS IN A LOCKER OR WITH SECURITY. NOT FOLLOWING THESE INSTRUCTIONS WILL RESULT IN A STRIKE ON THE STUDENTS' ACCOUNT. 

Overnight requests are not allowed over the weekend. Therefore, we only accept overnight requests Monday-Thursday.


Musicians Institute Library Users may request to place items on hold at the Library’s Circulation Desk, via email to, or by phone. Students, Faculty, and Staff may also log into Alexandria and place a hold there. For information about logins and how to place an item on hold, please ask Library staff via email, phone, chat, or in person.

Overdue, Lost, and Damaged Items

All money collected by the library in fines is deposited back into the MI budget by the MI accounting department. There are no fines for books, media, instruments, or equipment not deemed lost. Any due dates and fees outlined below apply whether or not the library user has received courtesy notification relating to an overdue item.  Library fines and fees will be applied to the student's account.

Library attempts to contact library users regarding overdue items or renewals via email are only a courtesy, not a requirement. There is no fee for overdue materials, however students will not be permitted to check out any library resources until those items are returned. Interlibrary loan items are an exception. Students will be charged $1.00 for every day the item borrowed through interlibrary loan is overdue with no limit. Overdue items cannot be renewed and students must wait 24 hours before being allowed to check out the same item again. 

Items that are overdue for four weeks from the first overdue date are declared lost and will be treated as a lost item. Equipment, instruments, real books, and textbooks not returned within 24 hours of the check-in time are considered lost. Students who have lost an item will be charged the cost of the item plus shipping, and staff time. These fines will be applied to the student's account. If the item is returned after the student pays for a lost item the student’s payment is refunded. Items declared lost after six months of continued periodic searching are withdrawn from library holdings by library staff. The library then decides whether to replace the withdrawn materials if they are up to date and continue to support MI Programs. 

Materials returned damaged will be examined by library staff and equipment by various MI Staff to determine the extent of the damage. If the damage is deemed accidental or the result of normal wear and tear, the item will be repaired in‐house after consultation with library staff and various MI Staff for a repair or replacement decision at no charge to the student. If damage to an item is attributed to the student’s negligence, and the materials or equipment are not repairable, replacement fees apply.  Books found with markings in ink or highlighting are considered damaged beyond repair.  Items damaged beyond repair will be considered lost and the student will be charged the replacement cost inclusive of staff time and shipping costs.  Again, the library only receives payments in cash or check.

Any outstanding fees for equipment or books must be paid before the end of the quarter or the student will not be allowed to check out more materials.

Three-Strike Policy

Anyone who keeps an instrument or equipment overnight without express permission from the Director will receive an email the next day indicating what they have and when they needed to return it. If that person does not respond to the email or return the instrument after 24 hours, they will receive a strike on their account and will be talked to by the Director. After three strikes, their check-out privileges for instruments and equipment will be suspended for two weeks. If this keeps occurring, the Library will use its discretion to further or permanently suspend the person from using the Library's equipment or instruments. 

Course Reserves  

Any program supporting print or online materials owned by the library may be placed on course reserve by a faculty member. Books borrowed through Interlibrary loan may not be placed on reserve. Personal materials may be placed on reserve. Citations of articles within databases may be placed on reserve for students to query; although photo copies of materials may not be placed on reserve or held in the library.

Item Searches  

Items that are not in their proper place within the library should be noted via email to If a book being searched for a student / faculty / staff is located, the person who requested the item will be notified. Library staff will search for items within regular daily equipment inventory or in the case of books on a monthly and as needed basis. Items not located after one month are withdrawn from library holdings and reordered if up to date and in support of MI Programs.   

Musicians Institute Library adheres to the ALA “Code of Ethics,” and the ACRL “Intellectual Freedom Principles,” which forbid the release of any information about student, faculty, or staff use of library materials or equipment to access information. In an effort to protect a borrower’s privacy, library staff will not reveal who has an item checked out presently, who has checked items out in the past, who has an item on hold, etc. Library staff may notify the inquiring party only whether or not an item is checked out; not to whom it's checked out. The only exception to this rule is to notify Musicians Institute Security of any valuable MI property kept past its due date.

Home addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, or other personal information of anyone on campus, including library staff members, will not be given out to anyone. If these privacy policies are questioned please direct the question to the Director of Library Services or library staff supervisor on shift. You may also email the Director at and she will respond within 24 hours.  

Brief Overview of the Collection

The Musicians Institute Library, established in 1977, collects and houses music related materials inclusive of print materials such as books, scores, sound recordings, and DVDs. The Library also houses musical instruments and equipment to be used by Musicians Institute faculty, staff, and students. In addition, the Musicians Institute Library preserves, maintains, and provides access to various Musicians Institute Clinics, Concerts, and Live Performance Workshops available to students, faculty, and staff online. The Musicians Institute Library is responsible for the selection of reference, article, eBook, streamed video, and audio databases related to music. The staff of the Musicians Institute Library provide technical assistance, reference instruction, cataloging, collection maintenance, and circulation functions within the library.   


The Musicians Institute Library serves to support the instructional programs of the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music Los Angeles by providing materials for enrolled students and by supporting faculty preparation for these programs inclusive of professional research.   

Selection Guidelines

Selection of materials is based on the instructional, curricular, and supplemental preferences of the students and faculty within the Musicians Institute of Contemporary Music Los Angeles for the purposes of performance, scholarly study, and research within the following extensive categories:  

  •     Performance editions of music  
  •     Music related scholarly literature  
  •     Pedagogical editions of music and music industry related materials
  •     Music and music industry based sound and video recordings
  •     Online databases related to music and music industry
  •     Musical Instruments inclusive of guitars, basses, drums, and more
  •     Equipment such as headphones, pedals, cables, and more

Historically, the focus of the collection has incorporated predominantly mid-to-late 20th-century western popular music. This scope has evolved slightly as the College of Contemporary Music has broadened to include Music Industry, K‐Pop, World Cultures, 18th‐21st Century Music, and Classical, Romantic, and Baroque Music.   

User Population

The Musicians Institute Library’s user population consists of Musicians Institute of Contemporary Music Los Angeles faculty, staff, and students.  The college consists of approximately 800 undergraduate majors, 250 faculty members, 10 chairs, and 3 deans. The Musicians Institute of Contemporary Music Los Angeles is a comprehensive college offering study at the certificate, associates, and bachelors levels within the following divisions of Bachelor of Music, Associate of Arts, Certificate, and Non‐Certificate in Performance Programs inclusive of: Bass, Guitar, Keyboard, Vocals, Drums, Media Scoring, and Certificate and Non‐ Certificate Programs offered within Industry Programs inclusive of: Audio Engineering, Independent Artist, Guitar Craft, and Music Business.   


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Fling, M. (2004). Library acquisition of music. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.  

McKnight, M. (2002). Music classification systems. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.


The Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music Library is compliant with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), and other intellectual property laws.
Section 488(a) of HEOA (also 34 CFR § 668.43) requires that institutions include: 

“(i) an annual disclosure that explicitly informs students that unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject the students to civil and criminal liabilities; 

“(ii) a summary of the penalties for violation of Federal copyright laws;

“and (iii) a description of the institution’s policies with respect to unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, including disciplinary actions that are taken against students who engage in unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using the institution’s information technology system” 

Copyright Infringement

Those who do not abide by Musicians Institute copyright policies or the law will be subject to the law. This may include any or all of the following punishments:

  • Payment of damages and profits as defined by the court.
  • Payment of a fine between $200 and $150,000 per work infringed.
  • Payment of all attorneys fees and court costs.
  • Forcible cessation of infringing acts.
  • Seizure of the illegal works.
  • Jail Time. 
  • Expulsion or suspension from Musicians Institute coursework and/or activities.

DMCA Notice

If you believe your content was unlawfully posted to the Library’s website or any related content, please use the contact information below to issue a DMCA notice.

Full Legal Name of Service Provider:

Musicians Institute, College of Contemporary Music

Address of Service Provider:

6752 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, CA 90028

Designated to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement:

Casey Burgess

Full Address of Designated Agent to whom Notification Should be Sent:

Musicians Institute 

ATTN: Musicians Institute Library

6752 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, CA 90028

Telephone Number of Designated Agent:

(323) 860-1186

Email Address of Designated Agent:

Typed or Printed Name and Title:

Casey Burgess

Director of Library Services


Musicians Institute Library is not liable for any copyright infringement by students, faculty, or staff within or outside of the library.

For Clarification or Assistance

For general questions about copyright, what it is, and how it works, please see our Guide to Music Copyright.
For questions about this policy or to ask permission to license materials, please contact the Director of Library Services at

The Library considers donations on a case-by-case basis to evaluate whether the proposed additions would positively contribute to our collections and community. If you would like to donate items to our collection please consider the criteria we use to evaluate whether or not to accept a donation:

Condition Since our collection is used frequently by students, faculty, and staff, we need books that are in good condition. Torn covers, water-logged titles, moldy pages, and broken spines will automatically be rejected.


The music industry moves quickly, and informations subsequently evolves over time. Older items may or may not have continuing value for our students, who are looking for information about the current music industry. Older scores, biographies, and technique books are more likely to have continuing value, while yellow pages, industry marketing or promotion books, or CDs will have less use by our community and likely won't have accurate information. Typically, items that are 20 years or older are less likely to be accepted.
Duplicates The Library has many titles in its collection and we are limited on space, so duplicates of titles are less likely to be accepted. If we have 3 or more copies of the same edition of the same title, we do not accept additional donations of the book. Typically, we don't accept textbooks for this reason. We encourage you to look in our catalog to see if we have a copy of the item you are looking to donate before submitting your item for consideration.
Relevance Since we are limited on space, the Musicians Institute Library primarily focuses on contemporary, popular music, the music industry, and audio engineering in our collection development. Books in other subjects are less likely to be considered, since they are not likely to be used by our community.
Format At this time, the Library does not accept CDs (except for extraordinarily unique titles), LPs, VHS tapes, DVDs, or any earlier audiovisual formats, as many of these items are available on streaming platforms and our students do not have readily available technologies to play such formats. 

If you are interested in donating to the Library, please fill out the donation form. If you do not believe your collection fits with Musicians Institute Library, please see this list of resources for where to donate or recycle books in Los Angeles.