Music Library

The Music Library, a satellite of the Harvey Library, is located on the second floor of the Dett Wing of Armstrong Hall. It is available to music faculty and students as well as for the general campus community.

The Music Library contains Collected Editions, Monuments of Music, and Historic Sets that are for in-house use. These are for study, not for performance.  Students may use the material in the listening rooms and reading rooms that include vinyl records and CD players.  There are not any photos in the Music Library.

Hours for the Music Collection Room operations are posted on the patrons’ entrance door, number 266.  To be served, students must arrive at least 1/2 hour prior to the closing of the posted shifts.  Hours are from 8 am-5pm.  (Closed during the lunch hour from 12-1 pm).  Students must present a current Hampton University Identification Card to have access to the Collection Room materials and facilities.  There is 1 computer and 1 printer, however there are not any copiers.

Faculty may check these materials out for no more than two days.  Extreme care in handling these items is imperative.  Many sets are rare.  All volumes are often difficult or impossible to replace.  All are very costly.

Library Collections

  1. Historic sets of the works of 149 composers with a current total of 1791 volumes.  Medieval through Twentieth Century masters include Aisle VI, columns 1 & 2, Row 1.
  2. Monuments of Music, primarily from the Medieval and Renaissance in 16 sets with a current total of 187 volumes.  Aisle 5, Columns 3, 4, Rows 1-6.
  3. Collected Editions and Anthologies covering all periods and styles of Western Music in 53 sets with a current total of 111 volumes.  Aisle III, IV, V, Columns 1-11, Rows 1-6.
  4. Study scores with a current total of 1184 volumes.  Renaissance through Twentieth Century works of all genres is included.  Aisle III, Columns 1-3, Rows 1-6.
  5.  Four-thousand three hundred twenty-eight recordings currently held covering Western music from Early Christian through Twentieth Century.  Aisle I, Columns 3,4,5, Rows 1-6, Aisle II, Columns 3,4,5, Rows 1-6.  (Alphabetical by composers)
  6. Jazz and American collections currently has 823 recordings and 47 volumes of scores. Aisle I, Column II, Rows 1-6.
  7. Encyclopedic Resources, covering all genres of Western Music studies, currently includes 172 volumes.  Aisle VI, Columns II, Rows 2 & 3.
  8. Limited Reference Resources, covering all genres of Western Music studies, currently includes 67 volumes.  Aisle VI, Columns 2, Rows 2, 3, 4.
Architecture Library

The Bemis Laboratories were built in 1931, for use in developing innovative building materials. The architect was Theo. B. White, a Norfolk native trained in Philadelphia. Today it is home to the Department of Architecture. On the ground floor are the entrance lobby and first year studio; the art department’s ceramic studio is accessed by a separate entrance. On the second floor, a two story atrium opens on to the main office and provides access to the Moses Library and digital media lab; to the west lies a large meeting room and the third year studio. The third floor houses the second, fourth, and fifth year studios.

Housed within the Moses Library is a digital media lab. The lab is equipped for design input and output with desktop computers outfitted with 2D and 3D drawing and modeling software, an Immersive Multi-touch computer, three large format scanners, and large format plotters. Also available are a laser cutter and 3D printers.

The William H. Moses Architecture Library is a satellite of the university library system. The collections includes books and journals, as well as digital and video materials. In addition, it houses the Sol Cohen, Architect, archives; Mr. Cohen was a twentieth century architect and benefactor of the Department of Architecture. Additional portions of the architectural book collection are housed at the William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library on campus. Mr. Moses was the first Chair of the Department of Architecture.

Housed within the Moses Library is a digital media lab. The lab is equipped for design input and output with desktop computers outfitted with 2D and 3D drawing and modeling software, an Immersive Multi-touch computer, three large format scanners, and large format plotters. Also available are a laser cutter and 3D printers.