VOLUME 14 NUMBER 1
FALL 2012

Naxos Music Library

Naxos Music Library is an online classical music library which offers streaming access to more than 76,000 CDs. The Boston College Libraries' subscription to Naxos includes thousands of classical recordings and some jazz, world, and folk music from over 400 independent labels such as ARC, Berlin Classics, Capriccio, Chandos, EMI Classics, Erato, Haenssler Classic, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Naxos, Nimbus, Ondine, Teldec, Vanguard Classics, Virgin Classics and Warner Classics. Over 800 new CDs are added to Naxos every month.

The contents can be browsed by composer, work, genre, label or searched by keyword on the main screen or by an advanced search with eleven search criteria options. Naxos provides liner notes for many recordings and under the "Resources" tab has background information such as audio book transcriptions about the history of classical music and opera with listening examples, a pronunciation guide for composer and artist names, an overview of important musical terms, and work analyses and work details with instrumentation, publishers, duration.

You can create playlists to listen to your favorite recordings. Click on the "Playlist" tab in Naxos and follow the direction in the Playlist User Guide. Faculty can create special accounts that can be shared with students. Please contact me to get the username and password.

The Naxos Music Library can be accessed from any computer anytime as long as you access it through a Boston College Library link, e.g. on the libraries' Research Databases page or from the Music portal. Naxos also provides a free app allowing subscribers to listen to music on mobile devices. To listen to Naxos on your mobile device click on this link and follow the instructions.

In addition to Naxos Music Library, the Boston College Libraries also subscribe to another music streaming service, Smithsonian Global Sound which "is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions." Produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways, it includes recordings of American folk, jazz, blues, world (from 150+ countries), children's, and other musical genres, plus readings by major literary figures, and some political speeches.

Boston College Libraries also have a large number of recordings on compact discs. The collection in the O'Neill Library Media Center consists of classic music, jazz, Irish music and some world and popular compact discs. Use Holmes, the Boston College Libraries online discovery tool, to find recordings. Click on "Advanced Search," select "Musical Recordings" from the Material Type drop-down menu, and enter the name of the composer/artist and/or some other keywords in the "keyword" box.

Please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.

Sonia Ensins
Music Librarian