The Music Library Then & Now: Highlights from the Last 60 Years

November 18th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – 9:00 am to Friday, December 19, 2014 – 5:00 pm

With the Music Library’s reading room renovations underway , we thought that it was a perfect opportunity to dig through some of the old unit files and build an exhibit. The Music Library Then & Now briefly explores the history of the UCLA Music Library (1942–present), as well as physical changes to its structure.

While this post will not re-count the Music Library’s full history–we encourage to see our webpage, or come see the exhibit for a full history–we would like to highlight some fun facts that you may not know. These are sure to make great dinner party conversation openers–just in time for all those holiday parties!

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UCLA Music Library

Little Known Fact #1

The Music Library was originally part of Special Collections and was housed in the basement of Powell Library [then called the University Library] (1942 – 1955).

Little Known Fact #2

The mezzanine level wasn’t added to the Music Library until 1965.

Little Known Fact #3

Although commonly known as the “Music Library”, it was dedicated to a person in 1976, and the facility’s full title is The Walter H. Rubsamen Music Library.

Little Known Fact #4

The media room wasn’t added to the Music Library until 1986.

Little Known Fact #5

1993 was the last time that the Music Library’s reading room was renovated.

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Photo Courtesy of Henry Lim

The staff is really excited to be part of the renovations process, because we know that the outcome will be beneficial to our patrons in the coming years. We thank you for your continued support.

Music Library Renovations 2014

Photo Courtesy of Henry Lim