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Orchestra Collection Overview:
Hours and Location:
The Orchestra Collection is located on the first floor of the New York Public
Library for the Performing Arts, just past the elevators and the copy room.
Due to the specialized nature of the Collection, access is limited to four
hours per week and is only open during the concert season, September through
June. Materials for summer loan are checked out during the month of June
and must be returned before or on the September due date. For more information
see Summer Loan.
About the Collection:
The Orchestra Collection contains scores and parts for orchestral, choral, operatic,
and solo vocal works, representing some 2,000 works in the standard orchestral
repertory. It is a fee-based lending library for use by professional, student,
and community orchestras. Fees are charged on a sliding scale depending on
the status of an orchestra's members as either professionals or amateurs, and
the number of items borrowed.
Holdings of the Collection are not catalogued in LEO, but may be browsed
or searched in the Orchestra Collection Catalog.
The Orchestra Collection lends materials to organizations,
not individuals. We require representatives of the orchestra, typically conductors
to apply for use of the collection on the official stationery of the orchestra
or its sponsor. Application for borrowing privileges includes payment of
a nominal fee, and must be renewed annually. Three items are needed to register:
letter, on the organization's stationery, granting specific orchestra members
permission to borrow material from the Orchestra Collection on their behalf.
completed registration form (PDF).
check for the appropriate amount (as per the fee schedule on the registration
form) made out to "NYPL Orchestra Collection." Cash is also acceptable,
but be sure to bring exact change, and to ask for a receipt.
There is no interlibrary loan for this department.
Use of collection:
Only registered users may pick up and return material. Borrowing is limited
to complete sets of orchestra music. Individual instrumental parts are
not available for loan. The Orchestra Collection's rules spell
out all of our policies and procedures.