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Bethel Libraries

Music Resources : CDs

A guide to music resources at Bethel including scores, CDs, and streaming audio.

Searching for Recordings

How to locate CDs and other physical copies of sound recordings at Bethel University:

Just like searching for scores, we'll start in the CLICnet catalog, which can be found here or by looking for the Find Books page from the library website.

You can easily search by composer, performer, or ensemble:


  1. Change the drop down that says "Any Field" to AUTHOR 

  2. Type your composer, performer, or ensemble's name in the search box to rhe right (shown below)

  3. Underneath the "Add Limits" heading, select "Bethel University" from the "Collections" drop down.

  4. Further down is a box with "Audio Formats." Consider selecting "Audio CD" to minimize the number of LPs (records) that show up in your search results. If you have a record player, then you may consider using the "ANY" option under the "Audio Formats" drop down.

  5. Scroll back to the top of the page and click the "Submit" button.

Note: Streaming audio searching is a little different. It is covered in its own tab.

Here is a search for CDs performed by the pianist Glenn Gould available here at Bethel:

CLICnet recording search
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Finding Recordings in the Library

Found a CD that you'd like to check out?

Here's what you'll need from the catalog to find it on the shelf:

Each of these pieces of information will help you find your CD or LP.   Here's a sample catalog record for a CD, showing you where to look for the information:

Will help you find the item if there are similar scores.

Will tell you if it's at Bethel or elsewhere (Hamline, St. Kates, etc.)

Call number
Is the item's exact location, and will help you find the item on the shelf.

will let you know if the item is checked in, or when it is due back if it is checked out.

CD catalog Record
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Where to look in the Library:

CDs and LPs are kept on the fourth floor of the BU Library.

  • Go up the stairs
  • Turn right at the top of the stairs
  • Walk all the way to the corner

On the wall to the left of the HC417 classroom door are two file cabinets with CDs.   On the wall on the right side of the door to HC417 is a shelf with LPs.

Read the sidebar on the right side of this page for detailed instructions on how to determine which file cabinet has your CD.

Reading CD call numbers

CD Call numbers all begin with the letters CD.   What follows the "CD" determines where the disc will be found.

Discs with "genre" call numbers.

Discs have an abbreviated genre in their call number, such as "Anth" "Band" or "Pop."

Here are a few examples:

CD Pop N885 is the call number for The Norton jazz recordings.

CD Anth T97d is the call number for Dances of the Ragtime era. ("Anth" for Anthology)

"Genre" call numbers are in the left file cabinet, listed from A-Z.


Discs with "composer" call numbers.

Discs begin with "CD" and are followed by either one-letter composer abbreviations or whole-names of composers.

Here are a few examples:

CD D988 8.2  sy is the call number for a recording of Dvorak's eighth symphony. (D for Dvorak)

CD S365 1 cp is the call number for Piano concertos: Arnold Schoenberg.  (S for Schoenberg)

"Composer" call numbers are in the right file cabinet, listed from A-Z.