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  • MPAL Player Piano Virtual Demo

    On Wednesday May 5, 2021 at 12 PM CDT – 1 PM CDT please join the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Music & Performing Arts Library for our second virtual demonstration featuring the Library’s Steinway Duo-Art reproducing piano and collection of piano rolls. See and hear the piano in action and learn more about the instrument and roll collection. The demonstration will last approximately 30 minutes and there will be additional time for questions.

    To register, please visit:  

    Some of the explanatory content will be the same/similar to the last presentation, but I will be picking some new rolls to play, so hopefully that will be worth tuning in again even if you caught the first one!

    Please direct questions about this event to For more information about the piano and the library’s collections, see:

    Thank you and we hope to “see” many of you there!


    Head, Music and Performing Arts LibraryAssociate Professor, University Library 

  • Music and Performing Arts Library Spring Newsletter

    The Spring MPAL newsletter is here! 

    • Player Piano Online
    • Broadsides Collection Online
    • Hymn Tune Index
    • Diversifying the Collection
    • Raven Chacon Prints
    • Reminder of Services During COVID-19
    • Returning Materials
    • Lost and Overdue Fines

  • Music and Performing Arts Library Collections and Services Over Winter Break and Preparing for Spring

    Requesting Materials from the Library and iShare

    Requesting materials from campus libraries through the catalog is unavailable from the evening of Wednesday, December 23, and does not come on again until Monday, January 4. I-Share requesting is unavailable from the evening of Friday, December 18, and does not come on again until Monday, January 11

    Research and Library Help

    Email and chat reference service will be available until Friday, December 18 and will resume on Monday, January 4. For more information about getting help from the Library, see

    Library Instruction

    MPAL continues to offer support for courses by providing both synchronous instruction sessions and asynchronous options such as online research guides and video tutorials. If you would like to discuss options for your Spring courses, please email Kate Lambaria at

    Material Purchase Requests and Course Materials

    Please contact us with any purchase requests (either via  or the form on our website). While we are unable to offer physical course reserves again in the Spring, please let us know via if you need materials digitized for use in your classes or would like us to purchase electronic versions of items (where possible).