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January 31, 2005

Online Music Collection Now
Accessible Via Library Website

The University community can now access the Naxos Music Library, an online audio collection with more than 85,000 tracks (5,500 compact discs) of primarily classical music, with some jazz and world folk music.

The collection features most recordings produced by the Naxos, Marco Polo, and Da Capo record labels, together with selected titles from other labels. Faculty, staff, and students can listen over the Internet anytime from their homes, dorms, or offices, or in the library. New releases are added monthly. The service includes notes about composers and performers, and other information.

Naxos uses Windows Media Player (Mac and PC-compatible) embedded in a simple web interface to stream audio at near-CD quality (64K broadband). Users can search for recordings by composer/arranger/lyricist, disc or composition title, genre, period, year composed, composer’s birth (or main) country, and label number. Instructors can create “play lists” for their students or provide links from other webpages to specific CD’s or tracks. In addition, the Naxos Music Library includes a glossary, pronunciation guide, opera synopses and libretti, and other literature about music.

Faculty, staff, and students can access the Naxos Music Library. Off-campus users must use their proxy accounts and NetID’s to access the service; otherwise, set-up is minimal. Eventually, the recordings will be listed and hyperlinked in the University Libraries’ online catalog HOMER, alongside regular CD’s.

For more information, see the webpage above or contact Tracey Rudnick at This new service is available through the Libraries’ membership in the Boston Library Consortium.