Access and Use Policies

There are dedicated quiet study and listening areas in the library where you can do your work without distraction.

  • The A/V-Archives area on the second floor
  • The study room on the fourth floor (at the front of the building on your left as you walk towards it)

If people are making noise in these areas, feel free to direct them to an area where conversation and noise are permitted.

There are dedicated quiet study and listening areas in the library where you can do your work without distraction.

  • The A/V-Archives area on the second floor
  • The study room on the fourth floor (at the front of the building on your left as you walk towards it)

If people are making noise in these areas, feel free to direct them to an area where conversation and noise are permitted.

Digital Access and Use Policies

All post-1950 Curtis recordings are restricted.

The library director or archivist reserve the right to refuse access for any reason.

Access is permitted for reference and research purposes only.Any one time, non-exclusive use of recordings for distribution, broadcast, exhibition, or any other purpose requires written permission from the library director or archivist. Fees apply for commercial use. Recordings used for broadcast or exhibition must be credited to the Curtis Institute of Music Library & Archives.

Researchers may order photocopies or scans of most materials for a fee (see rates below). Orders are fulfilled upon receipt of a check payment, signed registration form, and a completed use and reproduction policy order form. Use of a digital camera within the Archives is allowed only under the terms of the reproduction policy. Photocopies and digital photographs may be used for personal reference and research only. Permission to publish or share materials in any other way must be requested separately through a completed permission form.

Use Fees

  • Photographs
    • Publishing houses (textbooks/reference books)
      • $ 100 for the first photograph
      • $ 45 for each additional photograph
    • Publishing houses (scholarly monographs/university presses)
      • $35 per photograph
    • Other commercial users
      • $125 for the first photograph
      • $50 for each additional photograph
    • Non commercial use fees determined on a case-by-case basis
  • Digital scans  
    • reproduction at 300 dpi: $5
    • reproduction at higher resolution: $6
  • Photocopies
    • Standard 8.5″ x 11″ photocopy: $3 per sheet
    • Standard 11″ x 17″ photocopy: $4 per sheet

Minimum order for remote users is $15.

Remote researchers may order photocopies to be emailed in PDF format, in which case applicable shipping fees will be waived. The maximum number of photocopies per patron is 200 per year.

The Archives uses Dropbox to transfer images that are too large to send by e-mail.

Collections Policies

The library considers gifts of materials in the following areas:

  • Books
  • Sheet music
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Rare books and manuscripts
  • Non-commercial recordings related to Curtis history
  • Archival materials (please see Archives' policy for further details)

The following materials cannot be accepted due to space and format limitations:

  • LPs, VHS tapes, Laserdiscs, audio cassettes, and other obsolete media
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Discarded materials from other libraries

Materials are accepted subject to consultation with and approval of the Curtis library and archives staff. Donated materials may or may not be added to the library’s collections. Materials not added will be made available to Curtis students and faculty. The library cannot determine the value of gifts and recommends donors contact an appraiser if they intend to take a tax deduction.

The library welcomes requests from current students, staff, and faculty. If the item falls outside the scope of our collections or budget, we may use Interlibrary Loan instead.