Albino Gorno Memorial Library / CCM Library

CCM Library reading room

Welcome to the CCM Library!

For over 70 years, the Albino Gorno Memorial Library has served the research and instructional needs of the students and faculty of the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati. The CCM Library focuses on materials that support CCM-related areas of music, musical theatre, dance, and some aspects of theatre and drama, while Langsam Library holds materials that support theatre and media production.

CCM Library Information

  • The physical library is located in the Blegen Library building (next door to CCM) on the 6th level.
    • CCM's Scene Design entrance is across a small parking area from Blegen Library's level 2 entrance. 
    • If you enter at Blegen's level 2 entrance:
      • Go up to Blegen level 4 (either by elevator or by the stairs). On level 4, go to the main lobby and up the main staircase to level 6 (one flight). This leads to the CCM Library main entrance.
    • If you enter at Blegen's main (level 4) entrance:
      • Blegen's main entrance leads into the main lobby. Go up the main staircase to level 6 (one flight). This leads to the CCM Library main entrance.
    • Accessible access: phone (513)-556-1970 after entering the Blegen Library building to request assistance. 

    • For entrance to the Blegen Library building
      • UCID card swipe access is required outside office hours
        (before 7am & after 5pm).

The CCM Library has a beautiful Reading Room, which welcomes the community for quiet study. Occasionally during the semester, classes or recitals are held in the space, in which case advanced notice is given to readers.

There are computer study spaces for students and faculty in the Media Lab. Some computers have midi keyboards for use with Sibelius, Finale, or other music typesetting software.

There is a Technics SL-1200 turntable available to play LP/vinyl records. 

There is a scanner available for student and faculty use.

Good-quality headphones are available for use in the CCM Library. Please ask at the CCM Library Circulation Desk to borrow a pair (headphone pad covers will be provided).

Practice pianos
There are 5 electronic pianos in the CCM Library for student use:

  • practice pianos are used with personal headphones
  • 4 keyboards in the main Media Lab -- Yamaha Portable Grand DGX-660 
  • 1 keyboard in the seminar room upstairs (Rm 702) -- Yamaha Clavinova

  • (NB: There are also Yamaha Portable Grand DGX-660 keyboards available for use in Langsam Library.)

In the main Media Lab, keyboards may be used when free.
To request use of the Yamaha Clavinova in the seminar room upstairs (Rm 702):

  • Go to the CCM Library Circulation Desk and add your details to the sign-up sheet.
  • In exchange for your UC ID, you may borrow a key to the seminar room.
  • When you finish, return the key to the Circulation Desk and your UC ID will be returned.

Recording your piano practice session:

  • This help video shows how to record your practice session to your personal laptop using Piano Marvel online software. 

    Can I get help with recording from the CCM Library practice pianos?
    • recording from Yamaha Portable Grand DGX-660 keyboards 
      view video, 0.00-1.00" (titled "Langsam Library")
      view video, from 1.00" on (titled "Music Library 2nd floor")
      • These instructions apply to all the Yamaha Portable Grand DGX-660 keyboards (in the CCM Library Media Lab or in Langsam Library).
      • NB: Record to Piano Marvel online software from a Yamaha Portable Grand keyboard in the Media Lab -- not from the Yamaha Clavinova in the upstairs seminar room (Rm 702).

  • Equipment
    Equipment shown in the video may be borrowed in a recording kit from the
    CCM Library Circulation Desk:
    • cable with USB-B end (into the keyboard) and USB-A/USB-C end (into the user’s laptop)
    • auxiliary cable between keyboard and laptop
    • other optional connectors are available in the recording kit.

There are study carrels on the 7th floor that are available to students for individual, quiet study. To request that a carrel be assigned to you (subject to availability), please ask at the CCM Library Circulation Desk.

Group study rooms are available to library users.

  • There is a group study space near the Reading Room.
  • There is a group study space off the Media Lab.
  • There is another group study space upstairs near the CCM Library carrels.
  • To reserve time in a group study space, ask at the CCM Library Circulation Desk. They will help you understand about available equipment in the rooms.
    If you need any assistance with equipment, ask at the CCM Library Circulation Desk.
  • The CCM Library Circulation Desk is open to public access during opening hours. 
    • Patrons may pull books and scores from the shelves themselves, and check items out at the Desk.
    • Patrons may request CDs and DVDs at the desk (by call number), and then check them out.
    • Patrons may request LPs at the desk (by call number) for use in the CCM Library.
  • Requesting items from other libraries for pick-up at CCM Library.
    • Use the online catalog’s “Request” function to request items held in other UC Libraries (e.g. Langsam Library) for pickup at the CCM Library.
    • Additionally, OhioLINK and SearchOhio items can be requested for pickup at the CCM Library. When logging on to ILL, select “Change User Information” to check that “CCM” shows in the pickup location dropdown field. 

  • Course reserves for print books, print scores, CDs, DVDs, etc. 
    • To access item(s) on course reserve, request each item by call number at the CCM Library Circulation Desk. The borrowing time will be specified when you check the item(s) out.
      • To request to place materials on CCM Library course reserves, go to the course reserves webpage and use the online form.
  • For information regarding item limits and loan periods for different types of library users, click here and scroll down to “Borrow materials”.
  • If you have item(s) checked out that you would like to keep borrowing, you may try extending the due date(s) using My Library Record.
  • If you have questions about loan periods or about renewing items, please contact the CCM Library Public Services Supervisor, David Sandor (

If you need to request an item that is already checked out, first check to see if there is copy available through OhioLINK. Otherwise, please contact the Public Services Supervisor David Sandor ( or Head Librarian Jenny Doctor ( 

  • Most CCM Library stacks are open to browsing for library users.
  • The Reading Room stacks hold CCM Library reference materials and books on music, dance, and other CCM-related topics.
  • The Scores Room stacks are north of the Reading Room. They hold the library's collections of music score.
  • The Journal Room stacks are south of the Reading Room. They hold physical copies of recently-received unbound, as well as long-held bound, journals. (Online journal issues may also be accessed through the online catalog.)

  • CDs and DVDs are not open to browsing by library users, but may be searched in the online catalog and requested (by call number) at the CCM Library
    Circulation Desk. Unless otherwise indicated, CDs and DVDs may be borrowed by members of the UC community.
  • LPs are not open to browsing by library users, but may be searched in the 
    online catalog and requested (by call number) at the CCM Library Circulation Desk for use in the CCM Library.

If you search for an item in the libraries’ online catalog, and don’t find it,

Search to see if the item can be borrowed through OhioLINK or interlibrary loan following this process:

o   Go to the CCM Library home page

o   Scroll down to “Top Resources”

o   Select the “Core search tools” heading

o   Select WorldCat First Search
This allows you to search for your item in the catalogs in many US and international libraries’ catalogs.

o   Put data into the search engine for the item and search for it.

o   If you find records for the search item, select the record that shows the greatest number next to “Libraries Worldwide”.

o   Check to confirm it is the same edition, publisher, and year of publication that you need.

§  If not, go back to the result list to see if you can find an item that matches all your search criteria.

§  If so, look to see if there is a green “University of Cincinnati” icon.
If you see the green "UC" icon, click on “Search the UC Libraries catalog.”
This leads to the UC Libraries’ online catalog record for the item, showing its location, call number, and status (if it is available for you to borrow).

§  If so and there is no green “UC” icon, then click on:
“Request item via ILLiad (CIN).”

§  Click the red “LOGIN TO ILLIAD” button.

§  If you haven’t registered with ILLiad before, fill in the requested information. Select “CCM Library” as the “Delivery Location,” if you want loaned items to be delivered to the CCM Library for you to collect from there.

§  On the ILLiad screen, select the “New Requests” dropdown. For a book or score, select the “Book” option.

§  If not autofilled, enter the requested information from the WorldCat record (copy and paste field by field).
In Notes, copy and paste the penultimate line of the WorldCat record: 
for example, “Accession No.: OCLC: 27819797”.

§  When all the data is entered, click on “Submit Request.”

If you don’t find the item in the libraries’ online catalog or in WorldCat First Search, then:

  • Requests:
    To request for an item to be added to the CCM Library collections, send an email to Head Librarian, Jenny Doctor ( Include bibliographic details of the search item, with ISBN/ISMN if possible. Explain how you will be using the item for your studies at CCM, perhaps for research or for a degree-earning recital.

  • Suggestions:
    If the item is a recent publication that you feel would be an important addition to the CCM Library collections and which might prove useful to other CCM community members, send an email to Head Librarian, Jenny Doctor ( Include bibliographic details of the search item, with ISBN/ISMN if possible. We suggest that you borrow the item through ILLiad in the meantime, as processing new acquisitions takes time.

If you have questions about online access to library resources, contact Head Librarian, Jenny Doctor (

Students and faculty may request a meeting with Head Librarian, Jenny Doctor, for help with research, assignments, or online learning support.

  • On the CCM Library home page, scroll down to "Top Resources" for popular online resources specific to CCM subject areas

  • The CCM Guide to Research Resources provides introductions to many subscription resources specific to CCM disciplines, but also covers diverse humanities subject areas.
  • This guide to e-books helps you discover and provides access to thousands of e-books in a variety of subject areas. You might look at the page for “Selected ebook collections”, which covers subject areas held across the UC Libraries.

  • The Subject Librarians' Guide provides contact information for librarians from other UC Libraries' units who may provide teaching, research, or online learning support in many other subject areas.

If you would like to make suggestions about items to add to the CCM Library collections, contact Head Librarian, Jenny Doctor (

Top Resources


CCM Library News

UC Libraries Closed Labor Day

All University of Cincinnati Libraries locations are closed Monday, Sept. 4 for Labor Day. The Libraries will reopen as scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 5. Have a safe and relaxing holiday.

UC Libraries Closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 29

All University of Cincinnati Libraries locations will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. Regular library hours for all locations will resume Tuesday, May 30. Have a safe holiday.



  • Finals week (Monday April 23-Friday April 28, 2023)
    • Mon-Wed, Apr 24-26   9am–8pm
    •   Thur-Fri, Apr 27-28    9am-5pm

  • Summer Early Break (Saturday April 29-Sunday May 7, 2023)
    •                    Saturday     CLOSED
    •                       Sunday     CLOSED
    •                    Mon–Fri     9am–5pm
    •                    Saturday     CLOSED
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  • Summer Semester (Monday, May 8-Friday, Aug, 4, 2023)
    •                    Mon–Fri     9am–5pm
    •                    Saturday     CLOSED
    •                       Sunday     CLOSED
    •        Monday, May 29    CLOSED (Memorial Day)
    •        Monday, June 20    CLOSED (Juneteenth)
    •           Tuesday, July 4    CLOSED (Independence Day)
  • Summer Late Break (Saturday Aug 5-Sunday Aug 20, 2023)
    •                    Saturday     CLOSED
    •                       Sunday     CLOSED
    •                    Mon–Fri     9am–5pm
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    •                       Sunday     CLOSED




Blegen Library

Blegen Library building

CCM Library 
College-Conservatory of Music Library
600 Blegen Library
2602 University Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513)-556-1970 (Circulation Desk)