FAQ

  1. I am planning a visit to the Library. How do I gain access to the collections?
  2. Can I connect to library databases from off campus?
  3. What do I need to check out books, and how long can I keep them?
  4. Can I renew books online?
  5. How can I get items that are in the catalog, but don’t have a call number?
  6. Where do I return Library materials?
  7. What do I do if the book I’m looking for is not on the shelf?
  8. How can I get books and articles not available in the BYU library?
  9. Where can I print in the library?
  10. What computers and software are available in the Library?
  11. Can I make a photocopy?
  12. Can I find recordings of BYU faculty and students? How?
  13. How can I get a job in the Library?
  14. What is the mailing address of the Music & Dance Library?
  15. How do I get to the BYU campus?

I am planning a visit to the Library. How do I gain access to the collections?

The general collection is available to the public for use in the library. For information about checkout privileges for visitors, click here. Use of Music & Dance Archives and Special Collections materials needs to be arranged with curator David Day.

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Can I connect to library databases from off campus?

Library-subscribed databases, including Grove Music Online, RILM Abstracts, IIMP, and The Music Index are available off campus to faculty and students. Your Route Y username and password is required for access.

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What do I need to check out books, and how long can I keep them?

Faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students can check out materials using their BYU ID card.

For undergraduate students and BYU staff, the loan period for books and scores in the general collections is 6 weeks. CDs and DVDs may be checked out for 7 days at a time, and may not be renewed online.

Graduate students and undergraduates working on their Honors thesis have longer loan periods: 3 months for books and scores, and 2 weeks for CDs and DVDs.

BYU faculty and administrative staff can check out books and scores for 6 months, CDs and DVDs for 2 weeks.

Check out privileges are available to the general public for a $50 annual contribution. See Check-Out Privileges for Other Library Patrons for more details.

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Can I renew books online?

The Library allows one online renewal for each item. Media items, including CDs, DVDs, and VHS, cannot be renewed online, but may be renewed in person at the Music & Dance Help Desk.To renew your books or scores online, click on “My Account” on the top right of each page in the HBLL website.

You must have a Route Y NetID (if you do not currently have a Route Y NetID, a library employee will set one up for you at the main Circulation Desk on Level 3).

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How can I get items that are in the catalog, but don’t have a call number?

In-process items or similar items without a call number can usually be obtained for use by asking an employee about them at the Music & Dance Help Desk.

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Where do I return Library materials?

Books and scores can be returned either to the Music & Dance Help Desk or the Library security desks at the main entrance. All media items (CDs, DVDs, VHS, etc.) must be returned to the Music & Dance Help Desk.

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What do I do if the book I’m looking for is not on the shelf?

Occasionally, it takes time for a book to move to its place on the shelf after use. Rarely, an item may have been misshelved or misplaced in the Library. Ask an employee at the Music & Dance Help Desk for help locating these books.

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How can I get books and articles not available in the BYU library?

The Interlibrary Loan service (ILL) can be used to access materials (books, journal articles, microfilms, theses, CDs, etc.) not available in our collections. A Route Y NetID is required for online access. Alternatively, you may visit the ILL Help Desk on Level 3 of the HBLL for further assistance.

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Where can I print in the library?

Printing is available in computer labs throughout the Library. Printing in the library requires a BYU ID card and funds on its Signature Card feature. To add funds to your Signature Card, go to Route Y and find the link “Signature Card and Meal Plans” in the “Miscellaneous” menu. Alternatively, you may go to the Signature Card office (2310 WSC).

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What computers and software are available in the Library?

Library computer labs host a number of machines with general applications available (i.e. Internet browsers and Microsoft Office). More specialized workstations with scanners, programming software, audio and video editing equipment and software, and music notation equipment and software are available in the Library’s Information Commons and in various workstations in Music & Dance.

To use many of these machines, a Route Y NetID is required (if you do not currently have a Route Y NetID, a Library employee will set one up for you at the main Circulation Desk on Level 3). Other public access workstations that do not require a NetID are available for searching the library catalog and using Internet resources, but they do not have even word processing software.

See the Equipment and Labs for information of specific equipment and software available for use at Music & Dance.

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Can I make a photocopy?

There are photocopy machines available throughout the HBLL, including one near the Asian Collection in the middle of Level 4. Patrons may use them at their own discretion based upon relevant copyright laws which are posted at each machine. Some of the machines take cash (coins, bills) while others require use of a BYU ID card with funds added through Signature Card. To add funds to your Signature Card, go to Route Y and find the link “Signature Card and Meal Plans”. Alternatively, you may go to the Signature Card office (2310 WSC).

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Can I find recordings of BYU faculty and students? How?

The Library has many recordings by BYU performance ensembles. Ask about them at the Music & Dance Help Desk.

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How can I get a job in the Library?

It is library policy to post library job openings online through BYU Student Employment. Check their website to see current job postings.

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What is the mailing address of the Music & Dance Library?

Brigham Young University
Music & Dance Library
4332 HBLL
Provo UT 84602

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How do I get to the BYU campus?

Use Google Maps to get directions to the HBLL.

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Last Modified: December 9, 2015

Help Desk Hours

Mon-Thu: 8am-9pm
Fri: 8am-6pm
Sat: 10am-6pm

All services are closed on Tuesdays for devotionals and forums from 10:45 to noon.

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The Music & Dance Help Desk is located on the north side of the 4th floor of the HBLL

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