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Between The Stacks at The Conservatory’s Rupert Edwards Library

This is the first in a series of posts detailing the activities and initiatives of the The Royal Conservatory's Rupert Edwards Library, written by Library staff. Look forward to sneak peeks inside The Conservatory archives, interviews with researchers, and features on special holdings and new acquisitions.

The Royal Conservatory’s Rupert Edwards Library has become a hub for music research in Toronto, supporting the teaching and learning needs of Conservatory students, staff, and faculty as well as visiting scholars and performers.

The Library’s growing collection currently totals over 20,000 scores, 6,000 books, 21,000 CDs, and 700 DVDs, and also maintains archival information chronicling the 125-year history of The Conservatory.

As summer winds down and students prepare for the upcoming academic year, learn more about our Library as staff offer tips to music students in Toronto and across Canada on how to benefit from their expanded resources.

  • Catalogue Tutorials: Sometimes finding a music score can be almost as challenging as playing the piece itself! Watch and learn how Conservatory students search through the thousands of scores stored in our library’s online catalogue. Students also have access to written guides that can be saved and referenced later.
  • Guides to Finding Music:  The Library has compiled easy-to-use guides to help students navigate the stacks and locate music. Even if you haven’t stepped foot in the Rupert Edwards Library, the tips and tricks found in these guides pertain to most other music libraries as well, so once you’ve mastered them, you’ll be a whiz everywhere you go.
  • Résumé Workshops: Musicians are an interesting bunch, and they often rack up academic, professional, and performance experiences just as unique and colourful as they are! The Library offers workshops on résumé creation for all students as further preparation for their professional careers.
  • Citation Workshops: The Library, in conjunction with faculty from The Glenn Gould School, created a Style Guide for students. Let it help you navigate the overwhelming world of creating bibliographies, referencing, footnoting and endnoting!
  • Pro Tip: Finally, a pro tip for music lovers who find themselves far from the Rupert Edwards Library. The Naxos Music Library app, available free to iPhone/iPod/iPad and Android users, allows access to half a million tracks. You’ll never need to go without your treasured playlists!

Library staff are happy to assist members of the community in their research and direct them to external sources of information whenever possible. For more information about borrower categories, and to see if you qualify to purchase a library card, please click here. For library hours and contact information, click here.

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