Below you will find various documents, videos, and links to help you efficiently find material and make effective use of library resources.

Library cards

How do I use the library?

Find music by instrument

How is the library organized?

Item locations in the catalogue


Library Cards

If you wish to borrow from the Rupert Edwards Library, you must have a valid form of Royal Conservatory identification. Valid forms of identification are as follows for those affiliated with the Royal Conservatory:

Status Valid Library Identification Issued by Notes
GGS Students Valid student ID card Glenn Gould School All GGS student ID cards will have a library barcode on the reverse. This barcode will start with the number 2. Present this card every time you intend to borrow from the library or need to print or photocopy.
GGS Rebanks Fellows Valid student ID card Glenn Gould School All GGS student ID cards will have a library barcode on the reverse. This barcode will start with the number 2. Present this card every time you intend to borrow from the library or need to print or photocopy.
Taylor Academy Students Valid student ID card Taylor Academy All Taylor Academy student ID cards will have a library barcode on the reverse. This barcode will start with the number 2. Present this card every time you intend to borrow from the library or need to print or photocopy.
Royal Conservatory School Students Royal Conservatory School practice room card Royal Conservatory School Students from the Royal Conservatory School must present their practice room card to library staff the first time they intend to borrow from the library. Staff will affix a barcode to this card. Present this card every time you intend to borrow from the library.
Accompanists Royal Conservatory Accompanist library card Library New accompanists registered with the Royal Conservatory should visit the Rupert Edwards Library in person to receive an accompanist library card. If you are a returning accompanist, present your old accompanist library card to staff so that upon approval your access can be renewed.
RCM Staff Royal Conservatory business card RCM Marketing Your RCM business card will be used as a library card after registering it with the library. Please visit the library in person to activate your borrowing privileges.
RCM Faculty Royal Conservatory Faculty library card Library New faculty members registered with the Royal Conservatory should visit the Rupert Edwards Library in person to receive a faculty library card. If you are a returning faculty member, present your old faculty library card to staff so that upon approval your access can be renewed.
Alumni Royal Conservatory Alumni library card Library New RCM alumni should visit the Rupert Edwards Library in person to receive an alumni library card. If you are a returning alumnus/alumnae, present your old alumni library card to staff so that upon approval your access can be renewed.

 

How do I use the library?

Step 1

You can find items in two ways: (1) search items using our online catalogue, or (2) by browsing the shelves in person

Step 2

Once you have found what you need, you must write down the call number for each item, which is the unique number affixed to it that starts with M. In the catalogue, it will be listed under the CALL NUMBER heading. For example: M287.M69 K.423 1995

Step 3

Navigate to the appropriate section of the library to retrieve your item. The shelf bays will be listed with the call number ranges

Step 4

Bring all items you wish to borrow to the circulation desk for check-out. Staff will not check out items unless you have a valid, current RCM student or faculty card (see the Library Card section below). Note that some material does not circulate, like reference material and composer collected works. See Item Locations below for details.

Step 5

Take note of your due dates, and return material on time to avoid fines and so that others can use what you borrowed in a timely manner

Finding Music by Instrument

These guides will help you find books, scores, and recordings related to your instrument. They also suggest some sources for finding reportoire.

Flute; Oboe; Clarinet; Bassoon;
Horn; Trumpet; Trombone; Tuba;
Violin; Viola; Violoncello; Double bass;
Piano; Harp; Percussion; Voice;
String ensembles; Wind ensembles.

How is the library organized?

Print Resources

The library's print collection is catalogued according to Library of Congress Classification (LCC). This system alphabetically arranges works by composer last name within various musical subjects, such as solo piano music, trios, sextets, orchestral scores, opera vocal scores, sacred and secular vocal music, etc.

Each item in the library has a call number. This number is a unique identifier that functions as an organizational tool. It indicates the subject area of the item and where it should be placed on the shelf. All items are placed in call number order, from M1 all the way through to MT960


Example

M287.M69 K.423 1995

M = Print music

287 = Duets for two stringed instruments without keyboard

.M69 = Shelf number for composer (in this case Mozart)

K.423 = Thematic index number identifying the work by Mozart (aka Köchel number)

1995 = Publication date

This work is sheet music for Duet for violin and viola, K.423 by Mozart. It was published in 1995. In this section (M287), all works by Mozart will have a .M69 number.


The music subjects used in the library are listed on posters along the library shelves, and are reflected in the SUBJECT and CALL NUMBER fields in the online catalogue. Use these posters to browse entire sections

So, if you're a violinist looking to see what the library has for violin duets, the list will tell you that you need to look within section M286-M287; for piano quintets in the M510-M512 section, etc.

In a music library, most items will start with the letter M. The M-class refers to music of the following types:

M      Print music in various formats (scores, piano reductions, part music, etc.)
ML    Music literature
MT    Instructional and teaching material, including exercises, treatises, and etudes

Within each of these three main classes, there are hundreds of sub-classes that make up the subject areas. Don't worry, you don't have to know all of them to use the library well

Click on the posters below to see the various subject areas of the library:

Library of Congress M-class subject list Library of Congress M-class subject list 2Library of Congress M-class subject list 3Library of Congress M-class subject list MLLibrary of Congress M-class subject list MT

Sound Recordings

Compact Discs

The library's collection of CDs is closed-stack or not shelf-browsable, meaning that patrons must find their call numbers in the online catalogue (they will look like 1545, 12002, 5578, etc.). Take the call number(s) to the circulation desk, and staff will retrieve the disc(s) for you

DVDs and LPs (Vinyl)

The library's collection of DVDs and Long Playing records are browsable. They are organized on the shelf by the ANSCR classification system (the Alpha-Numeric Classification System for the Classification of Recordings). This system makes it easy to browse our recordings by category. The following chart gives you the entire list of categories as part of ANSCR:

ANSCR Classification Categories

Item locations in the catalogue

The regular loan period for students is 21 days + 3 renewals after initial checkout and 90 days for faculty, no renewals (see our Loan Policies page for details). However, materials that cannot circulate or require special treatment are labelled on their spines. The following location codes are found in each record in the library catalogue:
 

Location Code Description Spine Marking
REL STACKS Regular loan. Music and books. --
REL STACKS NO LOAN Non-circulating items shelved in REL STACKS. In-library use only. Includes vinyl recordings. Yellow
REL STACKS MINIATURE Miniature scores under 25 centimetres in height; study scores under 30 centimetres in height. --
REL STACKS MINIATURE NO LOAN Non-circulating items shelved in REL STACKS MINIATURE. In-library use only. Yellow
REL DVDs Video in BluRay and other digital optical formats. --
REL PERIODICALS Journals, magazines, etc. issued more than once per year. In-library use only. Reference Only sticker
REL REFERENCE Research tools such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, thematic indexes, and other similar sources. In-library use only. Green
REL CIRCULATION DESK Items shelved behind the circulation desk. Staff will retrieve these when requested. Includes CDs. --
REL CIRCULATION DESK RESERVE Course reserves. Temporarily unavailable for  loan. 3-hour, in-library use only. Can include any item in the collection. Red dot
REL OFFICE Item is temporarily unavailable. See staff. --
REL OVERSIZE Items over 35 centimeters in height. Red
REL PERFORMANCE Orchestra library material (Performance Collection). See staff. --
BINDING Material has been sent for binding. Temporarily unavailable. --