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Music: Streaming media, CDs, DVDs, etc.

Find books and articles on music, CDs, DVDs, etc., online audio or video, and scores.

Wireless and Off campus access

Databases marked UCSD Only are for current students, faculty, or staff.  Here is how to authenticate your status for the system:

UCSD Encrypted Wireless
For on campus laptops or smart phones.

Connecting from off-campus

 ACT provides Help if you are having connection problems.

New CD and DVD Lists

Something we don't already have to recommend?

CDs or DVDs only please (not download purchases due to copyright restrictions for libraries).

Recommend a purchase.

Online Music Audio and Video

These are UCSD Only subscription streaming databases.   For off-campus access, see the box at left. 


Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM)
American music from 19th century to contemporary compositions, electronic music, folk, jazz, Native American music, and more.


Electro:thèque : online electroacoustic music streaming

Approximately 1200 works culled from the empreintes DIGITALes catalogue and its composers. Here you can discover new recordings as well as some timeless “classics” of electroacoustics.


Music Online: American Music
Songs from the past about Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests and more.

Music Online: Classical Music Library
Provides streaming access to more than 766,000 tracks, including almost 50,000 recordings from EMI, and is growing monthly.


Music Online: Contemporary World Music
Includes reggae, acoustic folk, Afro-Cuban, belly dance, banda, dub, hip-hop, world beat, and more.

Music Online: Jazz Music Library
Over 900,000 tracks from a wide variety of genres and labels. 


Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
Documents the world's folk and ethnic musical traditions, also spoken word recordings such as political speeches, also nature sounds.

Naxos Jazz
Over 100,000 tracks that span the history of jazz and include blues, R&B, and more.  

Naxos Music Library
Primarily classical music from more than 650 record labels. Contains 
more than 1,460,600 tracks of both standard and rare repertoire and is growing monthly.



Music Online: Classical Music in Video

Over 1,500 videos, including performances by leading orchestras,chamber music, and recitals, along with masterclasses and interviews from world renowned musicians.




Music Online: Opera in Video 

465 hours of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon.


Finding CDs, DVDs, etc.

Search Roger for CDs, DVDs, and older formats.  Roger also links to recordings in some (not all) of the online databases noted below.  Usually a combination of keywords works best, such as composers and/or performers, piece, or pop song or album titles.  

As an option, the Roger Audio scope will exclude scores, books, DVDs and other formats from your search result, useful especially for famous composers.  Roger also has a Films & Videos scope that's useful if you want to only see what DVDs or videos we have of an opera or concert.

When you find something you want to play, write down the call number and bring it to the Media Desk.  Our staff will then set you up to listen or view at a console where you have remote control.  

Subject Guide

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Peter Mueller
Geisel Library
(858) 534-7629

Older Formats

Vinyl LPs have an "MU" call number in Roger, and open reel tapes are "MUR."  Due to space considerations in Geisel, these formats are kept in the library's Annex off campus.

Please contact the Media Desk staff in advance at 858-534-8074 so that we can get your request(s) from the Annex.