Performing Arts Library

Collection

Performing Arts Library

Collection

Student performing at Performing Arts Library Open Mic Lunch eventThe Performing Arts Library, located in room D-004 of the Center for the Performing Arts, houses items relating to the study and performance of music, theatre and dance. The collection includes a solid foundation of western art music from all historic periods, complete editions of the works of major composers, scripts of standard theatre repertoire, as well as ever-growing collections in the areas of play scripts, chamber music, operas, musical theatre, world music, and Ohio musicians and performers. In addition to collections at the Performing Arts Library, University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives (located in the Main Library)
houses several unique music, theatre, and dance collections.

The Performing Arts Library supports Kent State University's School of Music, the School of Theatre and Dance, the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, Porthouse Theatre Academies, and the John Mack Oboe Camp, as well as the music-information needs of the entire Kent State community and the region.

Specifics

  • Media formats including CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes
  • Books and music scores, including the John Mack Music Collection and the Donald Erb Music Collection
  • Reference books and Special Collections materials
  • Hundreds of journal titles in print and online
  • Online resources including:
    • Dictionaries & Encyclopedias: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online, Oxford Handbooks Online: Music, Oxford Music Online (contains Grove Music Onine), IPA Source
    • Journals & Dissertations: Dissertations and Theses Full Text, International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance, JSTOR, MLA International Bibliography, Music Index, Play Index, RILM
    • Streaming Audio and Video: American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Dance in Video, Digital Theatre Plus, Jazz Music Library, Kanopy, Naxos Music Library, Popular Music Library, Smithsonian Global Sound