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Fine Arts houses approximately 30,000 records, 7,000 compact discs and 14,000 music scores. The score collection is particularly strong on vocal scores of operas and musicals. Fine Arts also has collected editions of a number of classical composers in the reference section. The record collection is particularly strong in operas and motion picture soundtracks. Circulating records and compact discs may be checked out for three weeks.
Fine Arts also has a sheet music collection in two sections: popular (reference only) and classical music (circulating). The collection at present is indexed by composer and title in a card catalog on the floor.
The Fine Arts Department supports library service to students and teachers of the Dallas Independent School District, the Dallas County Community Colleges, Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas.
The library has many materials related to the history of Texas music. In addition to the books identified in this selected bibliography, there are many biographies, video formats, and music recordings. The Fine Arts Division also has the following archival collections of material relating to Dallas music history:
Mu Phi Epsilon in conjunction with the Fine Arts Dept. presents a Sunday concert series in the fall and late winter and early spring months.