Harriet 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.
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. - 9:00 P.M.
Saturdays: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Sundays: 1:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
NEC students gain admission to the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) simply by showing a current student ID. Free MFA admission passes for faculty and staff are available at the Spaulding Library circulation desk.
The library also has admission passes for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for use by current NEC students, faculty and staff; please note that the Gardner Museum requires pass holders to pay a surcharge of $5.00 per person. All passes may be borrowed for 24 hours; they cannot be reserved in advance.