10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in the Music Library

Posted on: April 1, 2024

The Music Library in the basement of the Music Building might be one of the greatest hidden gems on the Quad. Many people think because of its location that it’s just for Music students, but everyone is welcome! Keep reading to find out 10 things you can do in the Music Library.

1. Find a convenient place to study

The Music Library has soft seating, desks, and plenty of Mac computer workstations. It’s not as busy as some other library locations, and check out all those outlets!

2. Use our high quality headphones

Anyone at JMU can borrow headphones, headphone splitters, and headphone adaptors to use in the Music Library. Learn more about equipment you can borrow.

3. Enjoy our music-themed art gallery

The “little” Gallery Underground is a music-themed art gallery featuring exhibits year round. Check out what’s new while you get some work done!

4. Borrow CDs

Does your car have a CD player? Expand your musical horizons with our expertly curated collections of pop, folk, rock, jazz, classical, and more (including JMU performances!).

5. Listen to a vinyl record

Never listened to a classic record on vinyl? Come find out what all the fuss is about! They have a special sound quality you have to experience for yourself.

6. Learn to play an instrument

Want to learn to play guitar? How about piano, banjo, fiddle, or maybe one of the classical instruments? Come to the Music Library, and we’ll help you find method books you can borrow to get started!

7. Play a cassette tape

If you have cassettes or audio recordings on older formats like DAT or reel-to-reel, it might be hard to find a place to play them. The Music Library offers players for almost any audio format! The equipment is available any time the Music Library is open

8. Borrow a MIDI keyboard

Whether you are recording, composing, or learning music, a MIDI keyboard can be just what you need. If you don’t have your own, come use ours in the Music Library!

9. Borrow cameras and other equipment

Did you know you can borrow cameras from the Music Library? That’s right! While JMU Libraries also offers equipment loans out of Rose Library, the equipment in the Music Library is also available to everyone in the JMU community. 

10. Print a paper between classes

The Music Library is right on the quad–a convenient spot on the Bluestone side of campus to swing by on your way to class to print a paper using pay-for-print. We also have flatbed scanners you can use free of charge!

Learn more about our Music Library facilities and come see us! 

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