Located on the lower level of the Hopkins Center for the Arts, Paddock Music Library houses more than 70,000 printed volumes—including books, music scores, and serial volumes—as well as over 28,000 sound recordings (CDs and LPs) and over 1,500 video recordings. The music library also provides the Dartmouth community with access to over 300 music journal titles, Finale and Sibelius composition software, and several electronic databases with many thousands more sound recordings and scores.
Paddock has a research collection that represents a wide variety of genres. In addition to Western art music, the holdings include jazz, folk, electronic, and popular music, as well as the music of a diverse array of cultures and religious groups.
The music library’s resources are valuable to the music major and casual music listener alike, to solo musicians, a cappella and choral groups, and performance ensembles of all sorts. Dartmouth has over 200 students participating in Hopkins Center ensembles; and, according to a recent survey conducted by the Hop ensemble director, about 25% of Dartmouth students have had instrumental training. We see many of these students here in Paddock looking for music scores and invite those of you who haven’t made it here yet to come by.
The Hopkins Center hosts an eclectic mix of live performances every term, and you can find scores, recordings, and books relevant to these shows here in Paddock. Visit Paddock to take out an album by the brilliant vocalist Bobby McFerrin who just recently performed in Spaulding Auditorium. Or listen to a recording of Gabriela Montero’s improvisations on classical themes before she plays here on April 16. Check out the score of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, which the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra will be performing in their Spring concert. Look over the libretto to Così Fan Tutte before viewing the opera live from the Met in the Black Family Visual Art Center’s Loew Auditorium. Or read about Mozart's “Mass in C minor,” which the Handel Society will perform in May. The options are endless.