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Mildred P. Allen Memorial Library

Harry Jack Gray - 2nd Floor East Wing

The Mildred P. Allen Memorial Library is located on the upper level of the Harry Jack Gray Center's east wing. The Allen Library houses reference and circulating materials for students, faculty, and staff of the University in the fields of music and dance. Its holdings include approximately 22,000 books and bound journals, 37,000 scores, more than 22,000 sound recordings (including recordings of Hartt operas, concerts, and recitals), and 700 videocassettes and DVDs. In addition to the sound recordings, thousands of tracks are available online through subscription streaming audio databases. Subscriptions to more than 400 online and print journals allow students and faculty to remain abreast of current research.

In addition, the Allen Library website (http://library.hartford.edu/allen) presents extensive resources in music, dance, and theatre. The library catalog provides online access to all the scholarly resources managed by University Libraries. Members of the University community with University of Hartford e-mail accounts (available from Information Technology Services) may access subscription databases and electronic journals from locations on and off campus, as well as resources in libraries throughout the world.

The Allen Library's facilities include 18 iMacs with both Windows XP and Mac OS X installed, as well as Microsoft Office, to provide access to online resources. The library has three fully equipped listening/viewing rooms to allow for in-library use of audiovisual materials. Eight individual audio carrels provide another option for in-library listening. A teaching seminar room, fitted with a full complement of listening and viewing equipment, is available to faculty for classes and lectures. An additional seminar room is open for group study. Self-service photocopying ($ .10/copy) and printing ($ .05/page) is available, payable only with HawkCASH.

The Allen Library is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 11 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 11 p.m. Special hours are observed during the summer and holidays, and are posted on the library website.


Hartt Performance Library

Fuller Music Building - Rm. 344


The Hartt Performance Library supports the academic and performance programs of The Hartt School. Working closely with the Allen Memorial Library and Hartt faculty conductors, the Performance Library acquires, catalogs, lends, and maintains music performance materials for Hartt's large-scale performing ensembles and musical instruments that are needed for Hartt performances and educational programs.

The Collection

The Hartt Performance Library houses scores and parts for Hartt's performing ensembles and a musical instrument collection. The Library's holdings include more than 800 orchestral compositions, 1,000 wind ensemble and band compositions, 1,000 choral compositions, 500 arrangements for youth orchestra, and 300 arrangements for youth wind ensemble and band. The Performance Library is also home to the performance materials of Hartt faculty and students composition for large ensembles.  

The Hartt Performance Library also houses Hartt's musical instrument collection which comprises instruments from the Renaissance to the Modern period. The Library provides secure musical instrument storage units to students and faculty.

Other Resources

The Hartt Performance Library has an established resource-sharing Music Partnership with many local professional and community based music schools and organizations.

Borrowing Policies

All patrons of the Hartt Performance Library must present their University ID card at the circulation desk to check out any material. An overdue fine will be charged each day for items not returned or renewed: $1.00 for each piece of music and $5.00 for each musical instrument. Any material that is 45 days overdue will have the replacement cost and a $15.00 nonrefundable processing fee billed through the Bursar's Office.
  • Music: Although the Hartt Performance Library's music collection is used primarily by Hartt Performing organizations, students of the collegiate and community divisions may borrow individual parts for auditions, private practice, or research for a one-week period.
  • Musical Instruments - Nonrestricted Collection(older, nonprofessional and usually student model instruments) Students of the Hartt collegiate and community divisions may borrow instruments from the nonrestricted collection on a short term basis under the following circumstances:
    ~ while their instrument is being repaired
    ~ student teaching
    ~ Music Education methods classes
    ~ musical curiosity
    Borrowing periods are arranged individually with the Library Curator.
  • Musical Instruments - Restricted Collection (professional-quality instruments): Instruments from the restricted collection may only be used under the following conditions:
    ~ with the written permission of the Hartt faculty member
    ~ Hartt academic classes
    ~ assigned part for Hartt Performing groups in the collegiate and community divisions.

Other individuals affiliated with the University of Hartford may be allowed borrowing privileges by getting written permission from a Hartt Instrumental faculty member, receive approval from the Library Curator, and provide proper University of Hartford identification. Individuals not affiliated with the University of Hartford interested in borrowing items from the Hartt Performance Library must purchase a Guest Borrower Card from the Mortensen Library and receive the approval of the Library Curator before they are allowed to check out items.


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