About

Located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of NEC's Student Life and Performance Center, the Blumenthal Family 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.

The NEC Library is located at 255 St. Botolph St. on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the NEC Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC).  Any written correspondence should be directed to NEC's main address at 290 Huntington Ave.

Print collection (Books and Scores)

The NEC 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 Library's print holdings are searchable in the online catalog system. They are cataloged using Library of Congress Classification.

Audio/Video collection

The NEC Library contains over 60,000 recordings on LP, compact disc, audio tape, videotape, and DVD. Special collections include NEC concerts and faculty recitals since 1969 to the present. 

Facility Information

There are photocopy machines located on the first level of the Library and a microfilm/fiche reader/printer is also located on the same level.

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 Admission

NEC college students, faculty and staff may gain free general admission to the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) by reserving timed-entry tickets online in advance using a promo code. There is an additional $5 surcharge for special temporary exhibitions -- access tickets at this special rate with the same promo code used for general admission.

To reserve tickets online, visit mfa.org/tickets and select the desired date and time slot. On the top right corner of the page enter the NEC promo code to access your 1 free ticket. Students, faculty, and staff will need to present a valid university ID and admission ticket(s) on the date of their visit (digital is preferred).

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is open five days a week: Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm.