Cook Music Library

One of the world's largest academic music libraries

A four-floor, 55,000-square-foot facility, the William and Gayle Cook Music Library contains one of the largest music research collections in North America, as well as environments designed for learning and listening. The scholarship, performance, artistry, and research of our students and faculty are well-supported by our vast catalogue of scores, publications, and recordings.

For a fuller picture of what is available and to access the online resources available to the IU community, visit the library website.

55,000square-foot facility

10.5miles of shelves

700,000catalogued items

Leonard Bernstein Collection

In 2009, the Jacobs School was asked to be the caretaker of the contents of Bernstein’s composition studio, then still at his family home in Fairfield, Connecticut.

The contents are now on public display in the school's Simon Music Library and Recital Center.

Learn more about the Leonard Bernstein Collection

Expert assistance as you navigate the collections

With six librarians, two professional staff, six support staff, and approximately 45 student assistants, help is available whenever you visit the Cook Music Library. The faculty and staff are committed to helping you locate what you need for your research, utilize the technology on site, and discover new resources.

Inspiring learning environments equipped with versatile technology

The Cook Music Library has several spaces available to learn and create, including a soundproof distance learning/recording studio, a computing instruction classroom that includes MIDI keyboards, and three seminar rooms equipped with a piano, computer workstation, and audio/video equipment.

A conservation laboratory and fire-resistant vault storage room with a separately controlled/monitored HVAC system are used to preserve our collections.

Because audio and video technology is ever-changing, the library has a range of equipment available for listening and viewing, including reel-tape players, microfiche and microfilm readers, turntables, and audiocassette, laserdisc, VHS, CD, and DAT players.

Online resources and recordings

The library's reach extends well beyond shelves and vaults into the digital realm, where you can access audio and video collections, scores, publications, and reference tools.

Many of Jacobs' live performances are recorded and preserved digitally.

Request a streaming or digital copy of a recording held by Cook Music Library

Location and contact information

William and Gayle Cook Music Library
Simon Music Library & Recital Center
200 S Eagleson Avenue

Mailing address:
200 S Eagleson Avenue
Room C039
Bloomington, IN 47405


Philip Ponella

Wennerstrom-Phillips Music Library Director & Chief Digital Officer