♦ While all parts of the UCSB Library share many policies, we want you to know about those that are specific to the Music Library and its materials.

Our patrons appreciate the traditional (quiet, food-free) study and research environment we provide. Please help us maintain this atmosphere by:

  1. limiting your eating and drinking ;
  2. playing media quietly and on headphones ; and,
  3. taking your phone calls outside.

Policies for Food and drink

  • Covered drinks and dry snacks are allowed in the Music Library. Please leave all other food and drink at the Music Service Desk for safe-keeping before entering the stacks/study area.

Policies for Circulation of Music Library materials (Checking-Out and Returning) 

  • See Borrowing & Circulation and Returning Materials pages for complete information. 
  • All checking-out is handled at the Music Service Desk — a UCSB Library account is required.
  • In general, Music, Main Library, and Interlibrary Loan materials may either be returned to the first-floor outside book drop-box (Music Building Room 1400) or directly to the Music Service Desk (Music Building Room 2410).
    • Special-loan items, media materials, and Course Reserves must be returned to the Music Service Desk, not in a book drop-box.
    • Music Library materials — except Special-loan items, Music media materials, and Music Course Reserves — may also be returned to the Main Library.
  • Some media items do not leave the Music Library:
    • CDs and LPs (vinyl albums) are for in-library use only. Please enjoy our individual audio and video rooms!
      • Exceptions may be granted to current instructors for in-class use.
    • Physical media items issued to accompany a book, journal, etc., circulate according to the loan policy of the item they accompany (regular loan, limited loan, non-circulating, etc.).
    • Music Collection videos circulate for 7 days.

Policies for Special Music Facilities

  • Course tables
    • as an informal alternative to Course Reserves, we offer course tables where an instructor may set aside books for course use. Signage will identify the course and the instructor.
    • Please note: Music Library staff does not police or check these tables, and there is nothing to prevent another patron from checking an item out for their private use. Nevertheless, the system has worked well for many decades.
  • Special uses of study carrels:
    • in-use holds
      • any patron who wishes to set aside some materials (except for Reference materials or journals) for a long-term project may do so on a quarterly basis.
      • Identifying forms and individual item flags may be obtained from the Music Service Desk.
    • exam-prep carrels
      • any Music or MAT Department doctoral student who is preparing for their doctoral exams may reserve a carrel for the duration of their preparation by contacting library-music@ucsb.edu

UCSB Library policies