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Library Overview

The NEC Library is located at 255 St. Botolph St. on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the NEC Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC).  Any written correspondence should be directed to NEC's main address at 290 Huntington Ave.

Print collection (Books and Scores)

The NEC Library contains 85,000 volumes of music and books and subscribes to over 290 journals, newsletters and newspapers. The library's special collections include early printed editions from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, as well as manuscripts and first editions of works by composers of the "Boston School." All of the Library's print holdings are searchable in the online catalog system. They are cataloged using Library of Congress Classification.

Audio/Video collection

The NEC Library contains over 60,000 recordings on LP, compact disc, audio tape, videotape, and DVD. Special collections include NEC concerts and faculty recitals since 1969 to the present. 

Facility Information

There are photocopy machines located on the first level of the Library and a microfilm/fiche reader/printer is also located on the same level.

Library Hours

Academic Year Hours

Mondays through Thursdays: 8:30 A.M. - 10:30 P.M.

Fridays: 8:30 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Saturdays: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Sundays: 1:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Museum Passes

NEC college students, faculty and staff gain admission to the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum simply by showing their NEC ID. The Circulation Desk has additional passes to both museums which may be used to bring visiting family and friends. Please note that the visitor passes for the Gardner Museum require a $5 surcharge per pass.