The priority of languages is the following:
  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Italian

     Because so much past and current research is in German, this language is a necessary one in music. Significant historical treatises are collected in original languages and in translations if available.

 The music collection at Mills Library supports several different academic programs offered by the Music area:
  • An honours Music program which provides students with courses in history, theory, cultural studies, and performance, which trains students to become school and private music teachers, performers, and to continue with graduate studies. These programs require students to consult numerous historical and theoretical books, scores, recordings, and journals.
  • Arts elective courses which require books, records, and music scores for support.
  • A Master of Arts in Music Criticism which requires specialized research material and an extensive archive of books, scores, and recordings.

     A music program is unique in its requirements. It needs not only books which deal with music, but also music scores and sound recordings. For the purposes of ordering material these three areas are discrete. Therefore the costs of stocking a music library are considerable. Because recordings and scores can be consulted together only in the library, music students utilize the library's listening and study areas extensively.

The emphasis is on publications issued in North America, Great Britain, and Europe, but there are no geographical restrictions for the acquisitions of materials which are relevant to this overall collections statement.

There are no specific chronological limitations related to the general acquisitions policy. 

  • Books dealing with subjects relevant to programmes
  • Periodicals (current and reprints)
  • Music Scores
  • Selected microfilms and microforms (theses, facsimiles, etc.)
  • Archival Material (mainly 18th, 19th, and early 20th century)
  • Video discs to reflect current practice

The long 18th century (c.1650-1800), Russell and the 20th century, and Cultural Studies have been declared Faculty of Humanities priority areas for resource allocation. 


  • History of Music (B)
  • Theory of Music (B)
  • Music Education (B)
  • Music Criticism (A)
  • Reference (B)
  • Bibliography (B)
  • Popular Music(B)
  • Jazz (C)



  • Miniature Scores (B)
  • Full sized Scores (B)
  • Opera-Vocal (D)
  • Performing Scores (including parts) (B)
  • Monumental Editions (C)

     To facilitate the acquisition of Scores from Europe, the library uses a slip notification service offered by Otto Harrassowitz of Germany. The service emphasizes Performing editions and is designed to include all significant new works published. All Scores are acquired on an individual basis.



  • Compact Discs (B)
  • Video Tapes (C)
  • Video Discs (C)

All recordings are acquired on an individual basis.

Arts and Social Sciences