The Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library, the newest and largest branch of the University of Miami Libraries, showcases a wide range of resources. Situated at the edge of Lake Osceola, the Weeks Music Library supports the learning and research needs of the members of the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, the University’s Coral Gables campus, and the wider local, regional, and international music communities.
However, the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library is much more than just a collection of resources. It is a laboratory for independent exploration and high technology scholarship. The library contains sophisticated playback equipment, computers to facilitate research, and a variety of quiet and comfortable places to study. A highly trained and dedicated library staff organizes and provides assistance with the collections, equipment, and networked technology. The library’s faculty also provides formal instruction in the use of its resources.
All collections on the second floor are self-service and include books, journals, and scores. Theses written by University of Miami graduates are housed with reference materials. Current periodicals display journal covers and are next to the bound journal collection. Both miniature scores and over-sized scores are housed separately.
All sound and video recordings are housed on the first floor behind the Circulation Desk. This area also houses the Musical Theater archive and other special materials. Users who need help finding materials or reference or research assistance may ask at the Circulation desk.
Coupled with the University of Miami Libraries’ impressive general collection, the Weeks Music Library helps create one of the most important music research centers in the southeastern United States.