Located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the SLPC, the NEC Library 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 150 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 and audio/visual materials within the library itself. During the academic year, the library is open seven days a week and evenings from Sunday through Friday. Reference help is available during weekdays and is also available most evenings at the library's central desk.