Music Library Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Music Library at the University of Southern California directly supports the research and performance needs of the Flora L. Thornton School of Music's academic, instrumental, and ensemble programs. Part of the Arts & Humanities and Graduate Research Interdisciplinary Center, the Music Library is located on the Ground Floor of the Doheny Memorial Library [DML]. The Music Library contains approximately 20,000 books and serials on music; 60,000 music scores including collected works of individual composers, critical editions, and historical collections; 25,000 sound recordings in compact disc and LP format; numerous electronic books, journals, and databases; and hundreds of videos in DVD, video cassette, and laser disk format. The Music Library also maintains materials in other USC libraries, and curates an archival collection in an off-site facility.

Raynor Brown Collection

The Raynor Brown collection contains the complete published and unpublished scores of the composer. Music archives are located in an off-site archival facility, and are paged for viewing in the Special Collections Library. Access to these materials is open for all interested scholars and students. Some materials may be unprocessed, and therefore advanced notice is required.

Myrow Collection

The Myrow collection contains scores, original manuscripts, recordings, letters and notes, and photographs of composers Joseph Myrow and Frederic Myrow. Music archives are located in an off-site archival facility, and are paged for viewing in the Special Collections Library. Access to these materials is open for all interested scholars and students. Some materials may be unprocessed, and therefore advanced notice is required.

Ray Herbeck Collection

The Ray Herbeck collection contains autograph charts and scores, original manuscripts, recordings, letters and notes, photographs, and news clippings of the composer and band leader. Music archives are located in an off-site archival facility, and are paged for viewing in the Special Collections Library. Access to these materials is open for all interested scholars and students. Some materials may be unprocessed, and therefore advanced notice is required.