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Music Catalogs for 2016: New and Improved!

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As we are exiting the period that can still be referred to as “the new year” and are approaching the season of renewal known as spring, we’d like to highlight some of our recent publications, namely our new catalogs.

Although we’ve had blog posts about magazines produced by the Music Section (Musical Mainstream and Contemporary Soundtrack), we’ve yet to shine the spotlight on our catalogs. If you’ve utilized the Music Section’s services before, no doubt you’ve been asked whether or not you’d like an accessible media catalog that compiles various titles from our collection by instrument, genre, or format.

We have our Large Print Music Catalog, available in hardcopy and digital large print formats. This eponymous catalog lists the majority of our large print collection, but it is not entirely up-to-date. If there is something you’re looking for that’s not in the catalog, get in touch with us and we can let you know whether we have it or not.

Then, there is our braille piano scores catalog. This is available in three formats: large print, hard copy braille, and digital. Like the large print catalog, this catalog does not contain everything (especially our newest items), so please get in touch with us about specific pieces.

Next, are the catalogs for our audio material. The librarians in the Music Section have worked hard over the past year to update this catalog with the most recent items and to focus on digital titles. Through this process, and to better serve our patrons, we discerned that there is a need for two catalogs—one for music appreciation materials, and one for instructional materials. Both of these catalogs will be available in print and audio, as well as on BARD and will contain the most up-to-date bibliographies from our collection. We are very excited to get these catalogs out to our patrons, and to hear your reactions to them. As soon as they are available for download and checking out, we will let you know!

A sampling of our catalogs...more to come soon!
A sampling of our catalogs…More coming soon!

In addition to this, we have created a brand new “Instructional Guitars Catalog” that lists all of our audio instructional materials for guitar. Since we have so much guitar material, and so many guitar enthusiasts, we figured it would make the most sense for this to be its own separate catalog. This is already available in audio for download (DBM03689) or on digital cartridge, and it will become available in large print shortly.

Lastly, we’d like to promote the creation of our audio Fact Sheet. For a while now, we’ve had this Fact Sheet, which goes over general information about the Music Section and accessible music for the visually impaired community, in braille and large print. However, this is the first time that is available in audio. It is currently on BARD, and on cartridge (DBM 03693).

Have you received any of these catalogs from us before? What do you think of them? What kind of catalogs would you like to have in the future? Let us know in the comments! And if you’d like to get in touch with us outside of the blog, you can find our contact info here.

Comments (2)

  1. I am trying to get a copy of the “Sail On Waltz”. It is listed and I get file copies with no content. How do I download a copy? Thank you

    • Thanks for your comment, Ray.

      We can’t seem to find this item in our NLS Music collection. Do you have a book number for this title?

      Or, is it in the general Library of Congress Collection? If it’s the latter, I would direct you to the Performing Arts division ( They should be able to help you with this issue.

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