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A guide to the music resources available in the Killam Memorial Library.

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Browse books by call number (ML and MT)

The stacks can be browsed by call number:

Subclass ML : Literature on Music

Call number Description
ML1 - ML5 Periodicals. Serials
ML12 - ML21 Directories. Almanacs
ML25 - ML38 Societies and other organizations. Institutions. Festivals. Congresses
ML47 ML54 Librettos. Texts
ML55 ML89 Aspects of the field of music as a whole
ML93 - ML96 Manuscript studies and manuscripts
ML100 - ML108 Dictionaries. Encyclopedias
ML111 - ML112 Music librarianship. Music printing and publishing
ML113 - ML158 Bibliography
ML159 - ML161 History and criticism, general works
ML162 - ML197 History and criticism by period
ML198 - ML350 History and criticism by region or country
ML385 - ML429 Biographies
ML430 - ML458 Composition and performance
ML460 - ML1380 Instruments and instrumental music
ML1400 - ML3275 Vocal music
ML3400 - ML3465 Dance music
ML3470 - ML3540 Popular music
ML3545 - ML3776 Folk, national, and ethnic music
ML3790 - ML3792 Music trade
ML3795 Music as a profession. Vocational guidance
ML3797 - ML3799 Musical research
ML3800 General works on the philosophical, societal, and physiological aspects of music. 
ML3805 - ML3817 Physics and acoustics
ML3820 Physiological aspects of music
ML3830 - ML3838 Psychology
ML3845 - ML3877 Aesthetics
ML3880 - ML3915 Criticism
ML3916 - ML3918 Social and political aspects of music
ML3920 Moral influence of music. Therapeutic use of music

Subclass MT: Instruction and Study 

Call Number Description
MT1 General works
MT3 - MT5 History
MT5.5 - MT7 Music theory
MT35 Notation
MT40 - MT67 Composition. Elements and techniques of music
MT68 Improvisation. Accompaniment. Transposition
MT70 Instrumentation and orchestration
MT75 Interpretation
MT85 Conducting. Score reading and playing
MT90 - MT146 Analysis and appreciation of musical works
MT180 - MT252 Instrumental techniques for keyboard instruments
MT259 - MT338 Instrumental techniques for bowed string instruments
MT339 - MT505 Instrumental techniques for wind instruments
MT580 - MT640 Instrumental techniques for plucked string instruments
MT655 - MT725 Instrumental techniques for percussion instruments
MT728 - MT733 Instrumental techniques for ensembles
MT820 - MT915 Singing and vocal technique
MT955 - MT956 Musical theatre


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Novanet Express

Novanet is a consortium of university and college libraries in Nova Scotia. The consortium maintains a library catalog that indexes library collections available at all five Dalhousie Libraries and at other universities and colleges throughout Nova Scotia.

Novanet also supports a "Novanet Express" service that supports movement of library material between member institutions. For example:

  • If you cannot find something at  your "home" Dalhousie library, you may be able to request the item from another library at Dalhousie.
  • If you cannot find something at the Dalhousie Libraries, you may be able to request the item from another university or college library in Nova Scotia.

Requested items are transferred from the holding library to a library of your choice.

Several Nova Scotia universities and colleges have music collections that can be accessed via Novanet Express:

  • Acadia University
  • Cape Breton University
  • Nova Scotia Community College
  • St. Francis Xavier College