About Mills Music Library

Mills Music Library is the primary resource for music materials and information on the UW-Madison campus and in the state. Mills primarily serves the UW-Madison campus community, but it is also open to the general public.

Mills Music Library reading room

Mills Music Library reading room.

Over the course of its history, Mills Music Library has grown from a 2,500-item departmental collection to a research library of more than 250,000 titles, with Special Collections containing an additional 250,000 items in all formats. Special strengths include Americana, musical theater, recorded sound, and ethnomusicology.

The Music Library houses open stacks, a seminar room, archival special collections, and staff offices and work areas, including a sound studio. Audiovisual materials may be requested at the service desk, and will be retrieved by library staff. Headphones may be borrowed for in-library listening. Turntables, CD players, cassette decks, and a VHS viewing station are available for use, in addition to 20 computers. Study carrels and reading tables provide seating for about 50 users.

For the story of Mills Music Library through the years, please see the History page.