Library Collections and Recordings

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Howard University Libraries

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     • Founders Library – Main Music Collection

Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the main Music Collection held in Founders Library, located directly across the Yard from the Fine Arts building.

     • Music@Howard

Founders Library also maintains music@howard, an online collection of performances by Howard University ensembles and faculty, including the HU Jazz Ensemble, the Choir, the Chorale, Afro Blue, the Symphony Orchestra, the Community Choir, and select individual faculty and student recitals.

     • Jazz Oral History Project

Dr. Arthur Dawkins, Professor Emeritus, created the Howard University Jazz Oral History Project, now available in the Moorland-Spingarn Library Collection at

The Project comprises more than 290 hours of audio and video recordings of interviews conducted by Dr. Dawkins in 1984 and 1986. The subjects are 15 of the major architects of modern jazz, including Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Charlie Rouse, and many others.

The Washington Research Library Consortium

Howard University is a member of The Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), creating coordinated collections, creating a robust infrastructure for discovery and access, ensuring the long-term preservation of physical and digital information resources and sharing expertise. American University, George Washington University and Georgetown University comprise the other members of the consortium.


The Department of Music subscribes to Naxos, an online music library containing:

     • More than 160,823 CD-length recordings equivalent to 2,507,758 tracks uploaded;

     • Complete catalogues or selected recordings of over 640 labels such as ARC, Berlin Classics, BIS, Capriccio, Chandos, EMI Classics, Erato, Finlandia, Hänssler Classic, Harmonia Mundi, Hungaroton, Naïve, Naxos, Nonesuch, Nimbus, Ondine, RCA Records, Sony Classical, Teldec, Virgin Classics and Warner Classics;

     • Classical, Jazz, World, Classic Rock, Nostalgia music;

     • Wide range of standard and specialist repertoire;

     • Music notes, cover artwork, tracklist, instrumentation and publisher information;

     • Libretti and synopses of more than 700 operas; and

     • More than 40,000 composer and artist biographies.

Students and faculty may use their University credentials to access Naxos at

NOTE:  To access the Naxos library, your computer must be connected to the Howard University network.  If you are off-campus, you will need to first sign in to the Howard VPN (Virtual Private Network) using Cisco AnyConnect.  See

Grove Dictionary of Music Online

The Department of Music subscribes to the Grove Dictionary of Music Online, an online music library.