NEC has been collecting library materials to support the performance and study needs of its students and faculty since its very founding in 1867.  The listening and circulating collections of the library were maintained for several generations on the 2nd floor of the Jordan Hall Building until the opening, in 1959, of the new residence hall and the Harriet M. Spaulding Library at 33 Gainsborough St. In the fall of 1973, through the generous support of the Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. foundation, the audio and listening sections of the library became the Idabelle Firestone Audio Library at 290 Huntington Ave.

Today the Spaulding and Firestone Libraries house one of the major music collections in the U.S., with combined holdings of 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 reference databases.  In addition, their 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 142 years.

Hours for Spaulding & Firestone Libraries

Academic Year Hours:

Spaulding Library

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.

Firestone Library

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.

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


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