Music Library Renovation Summer 2017

Published: March 8, 2017
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We are pleased to announce that the Howard B. Waltz Music Library will be renovated Summer 2017! Our renovation will make more efficient use of space in staff areas, create more group study rooms, introduce a variety of seating options for our patrons, and update the overall look of the library. Collaborative group study spaces have been the most requested library feature students have identified in our surveys over the last few years. Our new student group study room has been a great success, and we’re excited to offer even more study options with this renovation.

3/22/17 Update

In order to ensure that all students, faculty and staff have the time they need with Music Library materials this summer, we have expanded the circulation periods for undergraduate students. As of March 16, all Music Library scores and books will have a six-month check out period. This means all CU Boulder users, including undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff will be able to borrow these materials for six months. CDs and DVDs will retain their regular loan periods of seven days. If you need an item that is currently checked out, click “REQUEST IT!” in Chinook and you will receive an email when is it ready for pickup.

Faculty study space in Norlin:

If you are a faculty member looking for space to work this summer, faculty study carrels are available. The four study carrels are located on the second floor, southeast side of Norlin, near the Research Desk. They are available via key-card access. To get key-card access, email or visit the Norlin Circulation desk with your BuffOne card.

Faculty lockers in Norlin:

Eleven lockers are available to be checked out by semester. These are located near the faculty study carrels. To request a locker, email


3/15/17 Update:

  • Both the CD and DVD collections will be housed in Norlin during the renovation. They will be moved back to the Music Library’s closed stacks at the project’s completion.
  • The two College of Music institutional archives held by the Music Library - Concert and Recital recordings and Theses, Dissertations and Project Papers - will be moved off-site and can be paged to the Special Collections and Archives reading room. Email to arrange to view or listen to materials.
  • We will be sharing the floor plan and renderings as soon as they are finalized, which will be the end of March.

Getting resources and materials during the renovation:

  • Prospector & ILL: While the Music Library collection is unavailable during the renovation, students, faculty and staff will still be able to borrow materials from all other University Libraries locations and other libraries and institutions using Prospector and ILL borrowing services. You can learn more about these services here.
  • Online Resources: The Libraries provide several online music resources. For streaming music recordings, Naxos Music Library and Classical Music Library are available. Classical Scores Library provides online access to over 50,000 scores. Access these resources and more via the Music Research guide:
  • Campus Box Delivery: CU Boulder Faculty and Staff may choose to have library materials delivered to their campus box. Select ‘My Campus Box’ from pick-up locations.
  • Courses reserves: Course reserves for College of Music classes will be housed at the Norlin Circulation Desk over the summer. If there are materials that you will need to regularly access over the summer, they can be added to reserves as well. Email for more information.


3/8/17 Update:

  • Construction will begin the day after commencement, May 13. Due to the construction, the library will be closed for the summer.  

  • CU Boulder students, faculty and staff will be able to request Music Library materials for pick-up at Norlin Library Circulation Desk during the month of June. At this time, it is expected that the collection will be unavailable for July and early August.

  • All course reserve materials for College of Music summer courses will be housed at the Norlin Library Circulation Desk. Please submit your reserves requests to Melanie Cutietta by May 1, 2017.

  • We are currently in the process of moving our rare and archival materials to Special Collections and Archives as we will be losing much of our closed stacks space.

  • The Music Library’s CD collection will be housed in Norlin during the construction and will be paged at the Norlin circulation desk.

We look forward to sharing more information as it becomes available. Please check this post for updates as our renovation project progresses. Questions? Please email


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