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Student Services

Student Circulation

Students can check out 10 scores, books, and learning DVDs for two weeks and three DVDs and CDs from the media center for three days. Students can check out items on class reserve for two hours. 
Scores, books, and learning DVDs that are not of reserve can be renewed and placed on hold if no copies are currently available. 

Fines

The fine for overdue library materials is 25 cents per day per item. The fine for overdue media center materials is $1 per day per item. These fines are capped at maximum of $25 in fines per item. The fine for overdue library and media center reserve or limited access material is $5 per day up to a maximum of $50 in fines per item. For lost items, student must pay fines and a $15 processing fee plus the current list price for in-print materials or a $25 replacement cost for out-of-print materials.

Research Help

For brief questions, try email (askalibrarian@berklee.edu) or phone (617 747-8002). For more detailed and extensive help, come by in person to the Reference Desk, or call to make a research appointment with one of our reference librarians (617-747-8002).

Subject Guides

The Subject Guides are meant to help first semester students begin exploring the library. Current topics include most principle instruments, music therapy, music business, film scoring, Africana studies, in addition to numerous others. There are also pages set up to help you with bibliographic citations, graduate school admission exam preparation, and much more.

Online Resources

The library makes available newspaper, magazine, and academic peer-reviewed articles from many leading publications and reference sources, some of which are available in full text. These databases cover a range of topics in the humanities and music. These resources can be be accessed on and off campus via the "Journals & Magazines" tab on our main website. Off-campus access will require sign-in with a Berklee username and OnePass password when prompted.

The library also provides access to audio and visual streaming databases, including: African American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Naxos Music Library, Opera in Video, Smithsonian Global Sound, Jazz Music Library and Naxos Jazz Library. These can be accessed through the A/V Streaming page.
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Interlibrary Loan, Holds & Renewals

Interlibrary Loan  Watch video tutorial
Berklee students can use Interlibrary Loan to check out books, scores and articles that the library does not own (or all copies are missing/lost) but are held by another participating library in the United States by filling out the InterLibrary Loan Form.

Holds
Students may also put an item on hold through the library catalog website by clicking on the "My Account" link. Holds can only be placed when all copies of a book, score or learning video are currently checked out or otherwise unavailable. Notification will be sent once the item has been returned, and students will have 10 days to pick it up.

Renewal Options  Watch video tutorial
Students may renew a book, score, or learning DVD online through the library catalog website by clicking on the "My Account" link.  Under the "items checked out" tab there is an option to renew. 

For assistance with these services, please ask a staff member at the reference desk.

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Faculty Services

Circulation

Faculty can check out 20 scores, books, learning DVDs, and play-along CDs for eight weeks and six DVDs and CDs from the media center for seven days. Faculty may check out items they have placed on reserve overnight as needed. Faculty may only check out items on reserve for another faculty member for more than the normal two hour period with the permission of that faculty member.
Scores, books, and learning DVDs that are not of reserve can be renewed and placed on hold if no copies are currently available. 

Holds

Faculty can place an item on hold through the library catalog website by clicking on the "My Account" link. Holds can only be placed when all copies of a book, score or learning video are currently checked out or otherwise unavailable. Notification will be sent once the item has been returned. and faculty will have 10 days to pick it up.

Research

Journals/Magazines
Please visit our Local Periodical Holdings page for a complete list of the journals/magazines available in physical format at the library. Periodicals may only be used on the library premises. For a list of the journals/magazines available, in some cases remotely, please see our Journals & Magazines list. Online periodical databases include Academic Search Premier, Academic OneFile, International Index to Music Periodicals and The Music Index. Off-campus access will require sign in with a Berklee username and OnePass password when prompted.​

Streaming Audio
The library also provides access to audio and visual streaming databases, including: African American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Naxos Music Library, Opera in Video, Smithsonian Global Sound, Jazz Music Library and Naxos Jazz Library. These can be accessed through the A/V Streaming page.​  Off-campus access will require sign in with a Berklee username and OnePass password when prompted.​

InterLibrary Loan
Faculty can use Interlibrary Loan to check out books, scores and articles that the library does not own (or all copies are missing/lost) but are held by another participating library in the United States by filling out the InterLibrary Loan Form.​
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Reserves

Two types of course reserves are available: desk reserve and online reserve. It can take up to five business days to process an item for reserve and an additional one to two weeks for a new acquisition, so please plan accordingly.
 
Desk Reserve
Faculty can place scores, books, sound recordings, videos or official course packets on desk reserve to be available for students at the library circulation desk or in the media center. To do this, please Request Materials for Course Reserve using our online form or stop by the reference desk during normal business hours to speak with one of the reference librarians. Do not bring your own books, scores, DVDs or CDs to put on reserve—personal items given to the library will be considered a donation to the permanent collection. Only one copy of an item will be placed on reserve; a second copy can be ordered to be placed in the general circulating collection.
 
Online Reserve
Faculty can request the creation of an online course reserve, which can include audio and visual material.  To do this, please contact Ernie Gillis at x8533, egillis@berklee.edu or in his office (room 182 in the 150 building). Faculty will need their username and password to access the online reserve materials.


Please see our “Reserves” brochure for more information.
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Library Instruction

The library offers one to two hour-long library instruction sessions that can be tailored to the needs of a specific course or topic. These are led by a librarian in one of the Learning Center’s labs and provide students with hands-on instruction in using the library’s resources. To schedule an instruction session, please Request a Library Session using our online form. Please note, the library requires two weeks advanced notice to accommodate requests.
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Acquisitions

Faculty are encouraged to suggest print and media items to add to the library collection. To do this, please Recommend a Purchase for the Library​ using our online form, email a librarian or visit the reference desk to make a request. We will consider purchasing item(s) that are not already owned by the library and that support the curricular and educational goals of Berklee College of Music. To contact a library staff member regarding acquisitions, see our Contact Us webpage.
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Events and Displays

The library hosts several events each semester highlighting various topics of interest or areas of learning. These often include film screenings, discussion panels, information searching workshops, music presentations or lectures, and displays. To find out what’s happening this month, go to the Library Events page. We welcome all faculty input and collaboration—please email Erica Charis at echaris@berklee.edu with any event or display ideas.
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