The library staff welcomes all new and returning students and faculty members.  Please let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you in locating and using the rich resources of the NEC libraries.

All new members of the NEC community should bring their NEC ID to the front desk in Spaulding Library. This is where you register to be eligible to borrow library materials.

For the new students, we will have a Libraries table at orientation so stop by and say hello and receive your complimentary CD!

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Library hours through September 11th are listed below.  Full hours will resume on Monday, September 12th.



Through Friday, September 2: Mondays through Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 3: Closed
Sunday, September 4: Closed
Monday, September 5 (Labor Day): Closed

Tuesday, September 6 through Thursday, September 8: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, September 9: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 10: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 11: Closed

Monday, September 12 -- Full hours resume:

Mondays through Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sundays: 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Note: Firestone Library closes at 6:00 p.m. on Fridays.



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Not a member of the NEC community? Ask for assistance at the front desk.




Housed in the Harriet M. Spaulding Library and the Idabelle Firestone Audio Library, NEC holds one of the major music collections in the United States, including over 150,000 volumes of scores, sound and video recordings and books about music, as well as subscriptions to all of the major music journals and electronic music databases. In addition, the library archives and special collections boast a rich treasure of manuscripts, 1st editions, personal papers and recorded performances of many of the great composers and musicians who have taught and performed at NEC over the past 149 years.

Current members of the NEC community with a validated NEC ID may borrow materials from the library collections. Visitors from outside NEC are welcome to use print materials in the reading room of Spaulding Library or to use audio/visual materials in the Firestone Library. During the academic year, the libraries are open seven days a week and evenings from Sunday through Friday. Reference help is available in both libraries during weekdays and is also available most evenings at the Spaulding Library Reference Desk.