The Music Library is now offering 45-minute on-site research appointments for ALL PATRONS, including community members. These appointments are for limited purposes:

  1. browsing access to on-site print collections (books, scores, journals)
  2. physical access to CDs, LPs, and videos in our listening and viewing rooms, if digitization and streaming access will not meet your research or instructional needs. For digitization questions, please email Cathy Jones at

The Music Library remains closed to patron access for all other purposes except pickup appointment for requested items.

About the Appointments

  • Appointments will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Appointments will be allocated in 45-minute increments, starting on the hour.
  • Patrons may request to combine two consecutive reservation times, subject to staff approval.
  • Up to 5 patrons may be onsite at a time.

On-site research appointments will be scheduled during our existing pick-up service times:

  • Tuesdays from 2-4pm
  • Thursdays from 10am-12pm
  • Fridays from 2-4pm
  • alternate times may be available subject to staff availability; please email to discuss your needs.

How to Request an Appointment

To initiate a request, send an email to with "Music Library Appointment Request" in the subject line.

In the body of the email, please state your preferred visit date and time, and describe what you hope to achieve or which general materials you wish to examine during your on-site research visit. We don't need to know exact materials -- simply identify the type of material(s) you will need (books, scores, and/or audio recordings) so that we can properly prepare for your visit.

Music Library staff will confirm your appointment time and arrangements by email. This email will also communicate COVID security protocols, as well as instructions for visiting the campus safely.

Please note: audiovisual materials must be requested through Library Search in advance for on-site listening during your appointment. In particular, we ask that you request LP recordings at least one week in advance of your visit -- we will need to page them for you from an offsite location.

Please confer in advance with library staff about your audiovisual needs -- we may be able to make LP or CD recordings available to you via a special-loan arrangement, or via digitized streaming access on, instead. Our individual listening and video-viewing rooms will be accessible for use of onsite A/V materials. Similarly, our score-reading (piano) room will also be at your disposal.

Your Research Appointment Visit

Due to COVID-19, the Library is closed for general walk-in use. Patrons who get approved for Music Library appointments agree to:

  1. Enroll in the Campus Covid Screening Program, if you are a campus affiliate.
  2. Participate in the appropriate Daily Sympton Screening (see below for affiliates and non-affiliates).
  3. Adhere to the Library’s interim policies and practices enacted to support public health and safety for the benefit of all Library users and Library staff. These include: respecting social distancing of at least 6 feet from other people, wearing a face mask at all times in the Library, and following all signs about respectful use of restrooms and elevators.

On the day of your appointment, please do the following:

  1. Prior to arriving on campus:
    1. If you are a campus affiliate and have not yet enrolled in the Campus Covid Screening Program, please do so now.
    2. Complete the relevant Covid Screener (see below) before coming to campus, and have a copy to show via your mobile device or as a printout
      1. for campus affiliates enrolled in the Campus Covid Screening Program, please use the emailed link you received on the day of your visit.
      2. for community members, please use this UCSB Covid Sympton Screener.
  2. While on campus:
    1. Mask wearing is optional for vaccinated persons. Unvaccinated persons must continue to wear masks indoors, including in the Music Library.
    2. Bring your UCSB ID Card or government ID with photo (e.g. driver's license) for identification.
    3. Come to the first-floor front entrance of the Music Library (Music Building, Room 1400).
    4. Call the Music Library office phone at 1-805-893-2641 (included in your confirmation email) and a Music Library staff member will come down to greet you, confirm your name and symptom screener certificate, and escort you upstairs to the Music Library (2nd floor). Elevator access is also available.

Checking Out Materials

We encourage patrons to continue checking out circulating materials via the UCSB Library Pickup and Mailing Service and the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS), an international Covid-era program which makes a wide selection of monographs and scores available for short-term read-only online access. (Follow the link, click the gold “Log In” button, and choose “University of California, Santa Barbara” as your 'partner institution.' Here is further information on using this ETAS.)

However, during your appointment, you may find items in our collection that you would like to check out. You are welcome to do so with any circulating books or scores that are not already available online in the HathiTrust ETAS. (Music Library staff will check your titles against the HathiTrust catalog for you.) In certain circumstances, we may also be able to arrange a special loan for you for non-circulating materials. Again, please confer with Music Library staff about this option at

For everyone’s health and safety, we now have plexiglass barriers installed around the Music Library service desk. Music Library staff will be taking all necessary Covid precautions during the checkout process and throughout your visit.

Accessing Other Library Materials

Music microfilms and microfiche are housed at the Main Library and are currently unavailable for browsing. However, you may request to view individual microforms through the Special Research Collections Appointment Program, which can also be used to access non-circulating materials in Main Library collections.