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Search the Discovery Catalog

The Discovery search allows you to search across the library's collections and includes:

  • Music, books, e-books, recordings, and streamed commercial and concert recordings owned by New England Conservatory.
  • Research databases like Academic One, Grove Music Online, Music Index, Naxos, Google Scholar, Britannica Encyclopedia, etc.
  • E-journal collections like JSTOR.  
Search the Classic Catalog


New England Conservatory shares a catalog database with other local schools through the Fenway Libraries Online.

You may use your NEC ID to borrow materials from all FLO libraries, in addition to the NEC library.

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Library 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.

Winter Break Hours

Full hours through Tuesday December 18.
Wednesday December 19: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday December 20: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday December 21 through Wednesday January 2: Closed
Thursday January 3 and Friday January 4: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday January 5: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday January 6: Closed
Monday January 7 through Friday January 11: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday January 12: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday January 13: Closed
Monday January 14: Full semester hours resume.


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Not a member of the NEC community?

The Blumenthal Family Library is located in NEC's new Student Life and Performance Center at 255 St. Botolph Street.

Library users who are not members of the NEC community must sign in at the security desk.


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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.