The library's audio recordings collection includes over 8,000 CDs (compact discs). Only CDs are being added to the collection. There are no LP (vinyl) or tape recordings in the collection. The collection focuses on classical, jazz, folk, and rock music.
In addition, the Naxos Music Library provides streaming access to thousands of recordings. HSU faculty, staff, and current students may use this resource on campus or remotely. The general public has access from the library only.
Recordings may be checked out by anyone with a valid HSU library card for three weeks with no renewals. Up to three recordings may be checked out at one time. Fines of $1 per day are assessed for overdues ($25 maximum). The borrower will be charged for ruined recordings.
NOTE: HSU students, faculty, and staff may make interlibrary loan requests for CD recordings not in our collection. Not all libraries loan CDs, but we may be able to borrow what you need. Community patrons should contact the Humboldt County Library with interlibrary loan requests.
Call numbers for CDs begin with CD (for example, CD-4902). The CDs are shelved by call number in the Media Resources area on the second floor, north, listening equipment is also in the Media Resources area.
Find call numbers for CDs in the HSU Library Catalog. Below are some tips for searching. If you need more help with recordings, please ask a librarian.
To find recordings of a particular piece of music, or a particular type of music, or by a particular composer, performer, conductor, or group:
Tips and examples of keywords:
If the music has a distinct title or nickname, use it:
"kind of blue"
"an die musik"
"you'll never walk alone"
The exception is that the songs in operas are not separately indexed for recordings of the operas. To find them, search for the opera in which they appear. The songs on rock, jazz, recital, and musical albums are usually indexed, and you can search for them directly.
If there is no distinct title, use keywords for composer, musical form (symphonies, duets, fugues, sonatas, masses, concertos, etc.), instrumentation (violin, violoncello, strings, horn, orchestra, etc.), thematic catalog or opus number, or key to find recordings of the piece:
grieg piano concerto Mozart 626
If you are searching for folk music, you may want to truncate country or location names:
gree? will find greek or greece
afric? will find africa or african
To find recordings of sound effects:
To find animal sounds:
fish sounds birds sounds
To find copyright free recordings of music and arrangements:
To see an entry for a recording when you have the call number:
The videotape and DVD collection includes approximately 6000 VHS and 1000 DVD titles.
HSU faculty, students, staff, and patrons with community borrower cards may check out videos/DVDs. Students may check out up to 3 titles for 3 days. There is a $1/day overdue fine per title.
Videos and DVDs are arranged by call number on open shelves in the Media Resources Area, located on the 2nd floor of the Library. Viewing equipment is also in the Media Resources Area and in Library rooms 114/208/311/312/314 (Group Viewing Rooms). Persons using the Media Resources Area or conference rooms with viewing equipment may be asked to show a currently valid HSU ID card. The Media Resources Area has 23 stations containing a variety of video and audio equipment to review non-print materials.
The first priority for use of the equipment is for materials placed on Reserve. Students using the equipment to view non-Reserve items must relinquish their stations to those needing to view Reserve items. Rooms 311 and 312, which are equipped with a TV/VCR/DVD combination units, can be reserved in advance at Reserve a Study Room.
To show videos in class, students need to pick up a faculty authorization card before checking out any equipment from Media Distribution.
Call numbers for videos and DVDs begin with VIDEO (eg. Video1045). Find video call numbers with Quick Search in the HSU Library Catalog. Tips for searching are below. If you need more help with finding videos, please ask a librarian.
To search for videos by title:
To Search for videos by keywords:
To see an entry for a video/DVD when you have the call number: