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Music: A Guide to McFarlin Library Resources: Books/E-Books

Definitions and Background Reading

Print copies of music dictionaries & encyclopedias are on the Main Level.

Call numbers for these begin with: ML100 - ML109.

E-books are also available through Summon.

Theses & Dissertations

To find print copies of dissertations & theses:

  • Search Summon.
  • Filter by 'Dissertation/Thesis' under content type.
  • Limit to 'Library Catalog' for print copies.

Summon Quick Search

McFarlin Library's Ebooks

McFarlin Library provides you with access to a large number of ebook (electronic book) collections.  These include reference (quick information) books, classic literature, academic/scholarly publications, fiction, biographies, and more. 

Some ebooks are from free collections, such as Project Gutenberg or ManyBooks.  These are generally works in the public domain, usually published before 1928, and have few if any restrictions on their use.

Search ALL McFarlin E-books by title:


The library pays for access to other collections, such as ProQuest's Ebook Central.


Ebook Central


ProQuest's Ebook Central has over 200,000 academic ebooks from a variety of publishers on a wide range of topics and disciplines.  You may read the ebooks in your browser or check them out and download them for offline reading on your laptop, tablet or phone (iOS or Android).

HINT: To search for an exact title, enclose the title in quotation marks: for example, "Diplomat in Carpet Slippers"

If you need assistance in using the ProQuest ebooks, please consult ProQuest's Ebook Central LibGuide which provides detailed instructions, including tutorials on using the online reader, and how to download ebooks.  You may also contact the McFarlin Library Research Dept.  The librarians will be happy to help!

Print Books

Bookstacks on the Main Level of McFarlin Library

McFarlin uses the Library of Congress classification system.

Books about music have call numbers that begin with the letter(s):

  • M: Music
  • ML: Literature on music (includes books about composers and their works)
  • MT: Musical instruction and study

The books are located on the Main Level.

See the Scores page for print scores.

Look for More Books

Can't find what you need at McFarlin? Use these resources to locate books that may be available online or from other libraries. If you find a book you want:

  1. Check Summon to be sure McFarlin doesn't have it
  2. Then go to the Interlibrary Loan Department and request a copy