Getting Started at the Music Library: Fall 2017

Whether you’re new to campus or returning for another year, the Rita Benton Music Library is excited to welcome you!

Here are a handful of news, tips & tricks, and resources that can get your 2017 school year off to a great start.

Check it out, plug it in

little bits synth kit
Learn more about the Little Bits Synth Kit here >

The Music Library now has the following equipment available for circulation:

  • Audio Technica Headphones (quantity: 5)
  • Dell Optical Drives (for use with Mac or PC) (quantity: 2)
  • ZOOM H4N Digital Audio Recorders (quantity: 2)
  • Little Bits Synth Kits with MIDI bits and cables (quantity: 2)

All items are available for 2 hour checkout, in building use only.


Listen to School of Music Recordings Online

All School of Music faculty recitals and ensemble concerts are now available to stream online in the Iowa Digital Library from 2003-present. Access is limited to University personnel with a valid HawkID and password. Additional recordings will become available, as the Library will continue its efforts to preserve and digitize recordings pre-2003. Thanks to former Library Assistant Megan Small for her hard work on this project.

Listen now


Meet our new staff member, Christine Burke

​Christine Burke joined the staff of the Rita Benton Music Library as Library Assistant III on Friday, June 16.  She is responsible for course reserves, digital projects, supervising the library in the evenings, and some collections processing.

Christine recently graduated with a Master of Music Degree (Composition) from the University of Iowa, with additional studies in clarinet and organ. Recently, her music has been performed by the Chicago Civic Orchestra, JACK Quartet, UNK New Music Ensemble, and at various festivals and conferences throughout the country, with upcoming performances by the Talea Ensemble (Time Spans Festival 2017/Earle Brown Music Foundation’s International Summer Academy), The Living Earth Show, and Kamratōn Ensemble. ​


Take a look at some 2016 stats and highlights

See how many pages were scanned, items were circulated, and learn the top reasons patrons visit the Music Library.

We’re Moving!

The Rita Bpackedenton Music Library will be moving from its temporary location on the second floor of the Main Library to its new home in the Voxman Music Building starting July 25th, 2016.

This does mean that the collection will be unavailable or be subject to limited availability at various points during the move.
Here are some important dates to keep in mind:

Moving Schedule

  • Saturday, July 23: This is the last day the collection will be available prior to the move.
  • Monday, July 25: The Music Library move begins. Collections are unavailable to all patrons.
  • Friday, August 5: The Music Library move is complete.
  • Monday August 8: Collections are ONLY accessible by faculty and staff with access to the Voxman Music Building. Student and public patrons will NOT have access to the collection at this time.
  • Monday August 22: The Voxman Music Building opens. The Rita Benton Music Library collections are accessible by all patrons.

If you need scores, recordings, and other music materials during the month of limited access, please use Interlibrary Loan or UBorrow to request items from other libraries. Make sure your delivery location remains the Main Library until the move is completed.

The Music Library appreciates your patience during this time. Please come visit us in our new space on the first floor of the Voxman Music Building at the start of the semester!

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