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How to read a call number
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Read call numbers line by line, from left to right, and from top to bottom.

MP1630 . W7 2001 =


←   first line of a call number begins with one or two letters. These letters are read alphabetically



←   second line is made of a number that may have one or more digits. This line is read numerically, as a whole number



←   third line is the trickiest part of the call number! The letter is shelved alphabetically, and the number following the letter is treated as if it were preceded by a decimal



←   final lines of the call number may include dates and other annotations. These annotations are read after the call number

Call numbers can be quite long, e.g. ML1630.28 .N5 1995 v.3. Be sure to write down the COMPLETE call number when requesting an item!

What the first one or two letters of the call number mean:

M : Classical Music Scores

ML : Literature on Music

MP : Popular Music and Jazz Scores

MT : Musical Instruction and Study

Who has access to the Stan Getz Library?
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Anyone is welcome to visit our facility during regular open hours.

Borrowing items is only available to:


  • Berklee affiliates: including current students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Five-Week Summer Program students.

  • General public via Interlibrary Loan (please inquire at your college or public library about its Interlibrary Loan program)​.

Viewing of books or scores is available to anyone who is visiting the library. If you wish to access the library and media center’s audio / visual collection and you are not a Berklee affiliate, you must contact the Media Center Manager to obtain a Guest Pass.

Why are you called the “Stan Getz Library”?
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The Stan Getz Library was dedicated in 1998 to the memory of the great jazz saxophonist through a generous gift from the Herb Alpert Foundation. Please note that the library does not own a special collection or archive of Stan Getz material.



What can I check out of the library and for how long?
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Borrowing information for currently enrolled students and faculty is available on our Services page.

Borrowing of materials are also available to the following:


  • Berklee Alumni and Five-Week Summer Program Students

    • Up to 5 scores, books, learning DVDs, and play-along CDs for up to 2 weeks.

    • 10 CD or DVD from the media center, Five-Week student for up to 2 hours and Alumni for up to 3 days.

    • Reserve and limited access items may be used for up to 2 hours

Library limited access items and media center reserve items must be used on the premises.

An Alumni Pass is required to check out library material, which can be obtained by visiting the Alumni Affairs Office or simply requesting one from

Five-Week Summer Program Students only have borrowing privileges for the duration of their program. All library materials must be returned by week four of the Five-Week program. Media center items may only be used on the premises.

How can I renew an item?
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If book or score has not been placed on hold by another person, you may:


  • Renew items in person at the library circulation desk.

  • Renew online in the “My Account” section of the library catalog.

CDs, DVDs, and items on reserve cannot be renewed.

All library materials are due before the end of the semester or the end of the summer program session.

How do I place a hold on an item? How can I check my holds?
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For more information about the types of materials that can be placed on hold, please refer to our Services page.

To place a hold on an item:


  1. Sign in the “My Account” section​ of the library catalog.
  2. NOTE: make sure the "library" search filter is set to Boston or Valencia campus, instead of "main library". Then search for the item you want.
  3. In the item record click the “Place a Hold” link in the upper right corner.
  4. In the next page confirm that your email is correct and choose "main library" for pick up, then click "submit".
  5. The item is now on hold for you. You will receive an email when the item has been returned and available for you to pick up at the library circulation desk.

To check the status of your hold request, go to the “My Account” section​ of the library catalog.


How do I find out what items are on reserve? How do I access online or electronic reserve material?
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To find listings of items that are on reserve:


  1. In the "Browse" menu, click the "Class Reserves" link on the library website.

  2. Search or browse by faculty name or course name/number.

  3. To access online or electronic reserve material, click on the “View Website” link for the specific class.

Note: Online or electronic reserve websites require a “Class Password” for copyright reasons. This password is provided to you by your instructor.

How do I search and check out ebooks?
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Berklee currently owns thousands of ebook titles, which you can search through the library catalog as you would our other books. To open a book once you've found it, click on the title to open up the book record and then click on the direct URL just under the title information.

You can also search for ebooks exclusively through the "Ebooks on EBSCOHost" database on our Electronic Collections page.

How do I view ebooks on my mobile device?
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For iOS devices:


  1. Install the Bluefire Reader App:

  2. See the instructions on the Bluefire Reader web site on using the app with library ebooks:

  3. Once you have installed Bluefire Reader, you can either sync ebooks to your iOS device from another computer or download them directly using the iOS device’s web browser (i.e. Safari) to search for and download ebooks.

Note: Though Bluefire Reader and ebooks will work on all iOS devices, the smaller screen size of the iPhone or iPod Touch is not well-suited for an optimal reading experience. Also note, you can sync ebooks to an iPhone or iPod Touch, but you are not able to download ebooks directly.

Fines, Lost Items, and Bursar’s Library Blocks

How do I pay my fine?
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Fines can only be settled in person, when a library staff member is available. Payment options include cash, Berklee card, and credit or debit card.

What fines does the library charge?
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Current fine amounts are listed on the Services page.

As a courtesy, library staff will email your account if you fail to return an item on time. Students are responsible for returning the material on time and for paying any fines incurred, whether or not an overdue notice has been received.

What is a Bursar’s library block? How do I settle a Bursar block?
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A Bursar’s library block is caused by overdue material and/or fines in excess of $20.

A Bursar block prevents current and graduating Berklee students from check-in, receiving semester grades and/or diploma until the account has been resolved. Tardiness in resolution could result in the assessment of a $250 late check-in fee by the Registrar’s Office. If you have a block, please visit the reference desk Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please check the Library Hours section for any library closures.) or contact a professional staff member.

How do I see what fines I owe?
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Sign in to the “My Account” section of the library catalog to see the status of circulated materials, current fines, and hold requests.
What if I lose an item I checked out?
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If you lose an item you will need to pay for a replacement. Please contact a reference librarian to make these arrangements.

What should I do if I lose my Berklee ID card?
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Current Berklee students should contact Berklee Card customer service as soon as a card is determined missing to have the card suspended. New IDs can be obtained at the One Card Office, which is located within the Public Safety Administration Area. All replacements for lost IDs are subject to a fee.


Where can I start my research?
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Our Research Guides page has various topics of interest that might be helpful to start your research.

You can also request further assistance from one of our reference librarians.  For brief questions, chat on Ask A Librarian (the green button on the right), email, or phone (617 747-8002). For more extensive help, come by in person to the Reference Desk, or call to make a research appointment with one of our reference librarians.
How do I cite my print/electronic sources?
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For basic information, please see our guide How to Cite Print and Electronic Resources.

Many of the database services of our electronic resources will format and export citations for you; please contact a reference librarian for details. For more in depth writing assistance, please visit the Writing Center.
Which journals/magazines are available at the library?
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To see a list of journals/magazines physically available at the library, click the "Periodicals" link in our "Browse" menu.
To see a list of journals/magazines remotely, or virtually, available through the library, click the "Journals & Magazines list" link on the "Periodicals" page.

How do I locate a book or score in the shelves of the Library or Library Annex?
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Please refer to the "How to read a call number" section of this page above or pick up a “Guide to Call Numbers” brochure, available at the circulation and reference desks.
If an item is in the "Annex," you will need to request it from the library or media center staff; staff may have you fill out a brief form. The item will be retrieved for you within 48 hrs.
Please don’t hesitate to ask a library staff person for assistance whenever needed.
What if the library does have the book or score I need, but it’s checked out or in use?
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Please see the "How do I place a hold on an item? How can I check my holds?​" section of this page above for details about how to place an item on hold.

What if the library doesn’t have the book or score I need?
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​Berklee students can request items not owned by the library through an InterLibrary Loan if the item is held/owned by other libraries that participate in the request program.

To submit a request, fill out the "Request an InterLibrary Loan" form linked at the top of our Services page. If you need any assistance with these services, please ask a staff member at the reference desk.
How do I find an article, dictionary/encyclopedia entry, audio/video streaming, or other online resources?
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Online resources (such as journal/magazine articles, dictionary/encyclopedia entries, audio/video streaming, and more) can be accessed through the "Electronic Collections" link in the "Browse" menu.
Refine your search by choosing the topics you want to focus on. There are separate links for various search topics, encyclopedias & dictionaries, and audio resources (which also includes some video streaming). Fill in the corresponding search criteria and do a search, or continue clicking through links to browse the areas of interest. Since this can be one of the more challenging research tasks, don’t hesitate to ask a reference librarian for assistance.
Can I still find an article, dictionary/encyclopedia entry, audio/video streaming, or other online resources -- even when I’m off campus?
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Yes. If you are off campus, simply follow the instructions from the question above. When prompted, sign in using your Berklee OnePass login credentials. You can now continue to use the services as if you were on campus.

General Library Questions

Do you have any services or particular policies regarding special needs patrons?
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Students with physical limitations and students with documented learning disabilities are allowed to check out any material they request over night. While academic accommodations should be coordinated through the Counseling and Advising Center, the library staff is happy to assist in locating materials and arranging delivery, if necessary.
Should I reshelve books I've used in the library but have not checked out?
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We prefer that patrons put the scores/books on any of the reshelving carts at the end of the book shelves or leave them on the table where they were working and allow library staff to reshelve them. student information

How do “Berklee Online” students get access to restricted library online material?
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To use the restricted library resources, such as streaming audio, “Berklee Online” students need to first go to the "My Home" section of the “Berklee Online” site by following these steps.

Go to the [link]“Berklee Online 'My Home area'”[/link]
Then look for the link: “Library Resources Explore music resources online” under Student Community in the center column.
From there you can follow those links to the library online resources without needing Berklee OnePass credentials.

If you continue to be prompted for Berklee OnePass credentials, please refer to the [link]Library Resouces page of the “Berklee Online” website[/link] for more technical advice regarding web browser configuration.

If this page doesn’t provide the assistance you need, please contact the “Berklee Online” customer service department at or by phone at 1-866-237-5533 extension 3.

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