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Gaylord Music Library

Interior shot of the Gaylord Music Library featuring the stained glass windows above an entrance.

The Gaylord Music Library collection seeks to meet the academic music information needs of the Washington University community by providing a comprehensive collection of music books, scores, sound recordings, videos & DVDs, and research collections developed to support faculty and student projects.

The Music Library honors General Clifford A. Gaylord who was, until his death in 1952, a member of the Washington University Corporation. With the completion of the Gaylord building in 1960, the music library found a new home and has since developed into a major resource supporting research through master’s and doctoral-level programs.

Music Databases

Access hundreds of databases offered through the University Libraries. Browse music journals, articles, and ebooks.

Group Study Rooms

Gaylord Music Library has two group study rooms: Room 9 on the basement level and Room 201 on the mezzanine level.

Music Research Guide

View a curated list of resources specific to the music department.

Music Special Collections

The Gaylord Music Library houses archival manuscripts for many composers active in and around St. Louis, as well as those composers with connections to Washington University. The library also has collections that include Mozart and Beethoven’s first and early editions, facsimiles of late 17th through early 20th century composers, and many other unique collections.

Faculty Course Reserves Request

Learn about placing items on reserve and setting up electronic reserves in Ares.

Borrowing & Returns

Washington University students, faculty, staff, and courtesy borrowers may borrow books.

Recommend a Purchase

If there is a book or item you think should be added to our collections, fill out our Recommend a Purchase form.

Our Staff

Directions to Gaylord Music Library

The Gaylord Music Library is located across Forsyth Blvd from the main campus just east of the Music Department complex.

Gaylord Hall
Washington University
6500 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
Phone: (314) 935-5563