The Otto E. Albrecht Music Library and Eugene Ormandy Music and Media Center serve the research and teaching needs of Penn’s Music Department and the Penn music community. At the core of the collection are scores in both scholarly and performing editions, literature on music history and theory, ethnomusicology, jazz, popular music, and microforms of primary sources. We house more than 70,000 books, more than 75,000 music scores (print and digital), and more than 50,000 sound recordings and video (digital and analog formats), as well as journals and periodicals.

Special collections

The Kislak Center for Special Collections houses the Library's rare music along with several collections of particular musical interest, including the papers of Marian Anderson, Rudolf Serkin, Alma Mahler Werfel, and the American Musicological Society, the Eugene Ormandy Archive, the Leopold Stokowski Collection, and the archives of the Philadelphia Musical Fund Society, Savoy Company, and Marlboro Music Festival. A more complete listing is located here: https://guides.library.upenn.edu/music/findingaids. Note the list below is under construction:

Collection Development Policy



Overview of the space available in the Eugene Ormandy Music and Media Center

Eugene Ormandy Music and Media Center

The Eugene Ormandy Music & Media Center is named for the long-term conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, whose professional papers, conducting scores, and recordings the Penn Libraries hold.

Doing Research

This Overview to Music Resources at Penn provides a starting point for research and complete listings of research databases and streaming media: https://guides.library.upenn.edu/music