Overlooking the Spaulding Library Reading RoomHarriet M. Spaulding 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 Spaulding Library's holdings are searchable in the online catalog system. They are cataloged using Library of Congress Classification.

The dedication of the Spaulding Library and the Residence Hall took place on December 7, 1960. The construction of this building was made possible through a grant from the Spaulding-Potter Charitable Trusts. The library bears the name of Harriet M. Spaulding (1876-1954), a former student of the Conservatory from Topeka, Kansas. Mrs. Spaulding née Mason attended NEC from 1898-1900, studying piano with Carl Baermann. After her graduation, she married Huntley Spaulding (1869-1955), former governor of New Hampshire (1927-1929). Mr. Spaulding gained prominence through his affiliation with the Spaulding Fiber Company of New Hampshire. Both he and Mrs. Spaulding, along with his sister, Marion Spaulding Potter (d. 1957), willed their estates to be used for charitable purposes. Subsequently, the Spaulding Charitable Trusts was established. By reason of Mrs. Spaulding's enthusiastic support for music and the arts, the trustees of this organization generously donated these funds to NEC.

Spaulding Library, at 33 Gainsborough Street, is housed in the Conservatory's Residence Hall, at the corner of Huntington Ave. and Gainsborough St. Enter through the main door on Gainsborough St., and the library entrance is to the left of the dormitory lobby. Please show a valid school I.D. and sign in at the front desk of the library.

Facility information

There are photocopy machines located on the first and third levels of Spaulding Library and a microfilm/fiche reader/printer is also located on the first floor.

Spaulding 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 Spaulding Library 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.