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The Collection

The Fine Arts & Music Department's collection is an arts resource unique in its size, scope, and depth among public libraries in the state.

Highlights in the Fine Arts and Music Department include:

  • a huge collection of beautiful coffee-table style art books
  • over 5000 volumes of popular songs in printed music form

Subjects we cover include:

  • Visual Arts, like drawing, painting, cartooning, sculpture, photography, and art history
  • Architecture
  • Music, including biographies of musicians and singers, printed musical scores, books on music instruction, and classical CDs
  • Antiques and Collectibles
  • Interior decorating
  • Fashion
  • Crafts, such as knitting, crocheting, sewing, origami, wood-working, and jewelry-making

State Library Resources

  • The Judaica Sound Archives makes available "thousands of Judaic audio recordings from the early 20th century to the present."  Within the Fine Arts Department, the computers have access to additional music from the Archives beyond what is freely available online.
  • The Sheet Music Collection: a resource of popular songs, including single-title sheet music and 3500 songbooks, as well as classical scores, scores for operas and Broadway shows, hymnals, gospel, folk, and wedding music
  • Song Index of the Enoch Pratt Free Library: We provide access to this remarkable resource, a database of thousands of songs for which the Fine Arts Department has the sheet music available.  It is free to have songs faxed or e-mailed.  A small postage fee applies to have sheet music mailed through postal mail.  Up to three songs can be requested per day.
  • Opera Librettos: English translations, side by side with original language texts, of French, German, Italian, and Russian operas.
  • Classical CDs: A large collection of outstanding recordings from the orchestral, solo instrumental, chamber, vocal, and operatic literature.
  • Tune Dex: A unique resource providing lyrics, melodies and chord symbols for popular songs from the 1930s through the early 1960s, including some hard-to-find numbers.
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