Allen Library

The Allen Library houses music and dance materials and supports The Hartt School programs. Questions? Contact an Allen staff member, or call us at 860.768.4491.


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Find Books, Music, Recordings, and Plays

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Holds—Ask us to hold items for you to pick up.

Interlibrary Loan/ILL—Get items from other libraries.

ScanIt—Ask us to scan a book chapter or article.

Library Catalog—Find music, dance, and theatre materials in our Libraries.

WorldCat—Request books, music, and recordings from other libraries.

Google Books and Google Scholar—Info and links to Google research tools.

Internet Archive—Free digital books, recordings, and more. Mostly older editions.

Online Scores—Sites for free digital scores, many available for download.

Subject Guides—Suggested resources for a variety of performing arts topics.

Find Articles & Dissertations

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Music Index—Article citations from over 700 music journals.

Music Periodicals Database—Article citations from over 400 music journals.

RILM—Citations for music/dance books, dissertations, scholarly articles, and more.

Academic Search Premier—Article citations, all disciplines: arts, sciences, etc.

JSTOR—Full-text articles from almost 100 performing arts journals, plus other subjects. Excludes recent years.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses—All disciplines, citations often with full text.

Database Locator—Browse for databases on any subject, e.g. art, health.

Streaming Audio

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Jazz Music Library

Berliner Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall

Naxos Music Library—Our largest classical music audio database.

Berlin Philharmonic—Concerts and more, in HD video. Limit 1 user at a time. Create a free account your first time; revalidate every 90 days: click for more instructions.

DRAM—Mainly 20th- and 21st-century American music.

Jazz Music Library—Over 85,000 albums in all jazz styles.

Smithsonian Global Sound—Folk and popular music around the world.

More Databases: Classical | Contemporary world | Popular covers/pops | USA of the past

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Streaming Video

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Berlin Philharmonic—Concerts and more, in HD video. Limit 1 user at a time. Create a free account your first time; revalidate every 90 days: click for more instructions.

Dance in Video—Hundreds of dance videos covering ballet, jazz, contemporary, and more.

Digital Theatre +—Full-length videos of plays and musicals, plus interviews, study guides, and more.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive—Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival videos, from the 1920s to today. Additional videos, interviews, and more in Jacob's Pillow Dance Stream.

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More Music Databases

IPA Source

Transcriptions and translations of aria and song texts.

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Music ID

Music and artist rankings from 5,000+ charts in 70+ countries.

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Musical America

Find jobs, artist managers, industry news, and more.

Go to Musical America

More Theatre Databases

Dictionary of Literary Biography—Essays on playwrights and other literary figures.

Oxford English Dictionary—Definitions and pronunciations, useful for Shakespeare plays.

Browse all theatre databases

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The Hartt School and Allen work closely to support performing arts education. These are just a few of our many links!

Connect with The Hartt School

Hartt Community Division—All HCD students, faculty, and staff may use the Harrison Libraries. Learn more about library resources and HCD borrowing.

Hartt Performance Library—Scores and parts for Hartt’s large performing ensembles.

Hartt Recording Studio—Hartt performance recordings, many held in Allen and Archives.