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Music Library facilities


Computing facilities

Cardiff University staff and students may use the eight networked PC computers located in the Multimedia Room to access the Internet (for electronic databases, University email, the intranet, LibrarySearch, and more), Microsoft Office Suite, EndNote, Corel Graphics Suite, Skype, Google Earth, an assortment of other useful software applications, and any documents the user has saved to their home (H:) drive.

An additional non-networked wi-fi computer can be accessed in the Memorial Reading Room. All computers are equipped with USB ports to accommodate portable storage. Data storage can be purchased at the Student's Union. IT rooms are available throughout the campus, some open 24 hours a day. A wireless service is also available. A live feed of available computer stations in Cathays is accessible on the intranet and as a rolling slide on the School's flat-panel screen in the Music Building lobby.

Find out more about IT facilities and IT rooms across the University


Photocopying and printing

All Library PC computers running on Windows 7 are capable of sending print jobs to the network Follow Me printing which allows documents to be printed from any printer-photocopier (a.k.a. MFD: Multi-functional device) within four hours of sending the document. Personal laptops can also be set up to print wirelessly on this system.

Additionally, the Library currently has two computers running on Windows XP, and with these there is an option of sending for direct printing to either the black & white or colour laser-jet printers, which are located with the MFD in the Library's Photocopy & Print Room. The laser-jet printers do A4 single-sided printing only, whilst the MFD is capable of A4 and A3, as well as double-sided printing and photocopying.

When sending an item to print, it is important to select the appropriate colour printing options in addition to the appropriate selections for page size and single vs. double-sided printing. Once the final print button has been pushed on the computer, these settings cannot be altered. All printing and photocopying is done through the MyPrint payment system. Non-Cardiff University users of the Music Library can borrow a print card at the Issue Desk to make photocopies on the MFD, and then pay in cash when they return the print card to the Library Staff.

A colour scanner is located in the Multimedia Room. Remember that there are severe copyright restrictions on duplicating music. Please ask if you have any questions. The Library also offers a comb-binding service for a nominal fee. Spiral wire binding for music scores can be purchased at the Bute Graphic Services department. The Arts and Social Studies Graphic Services department is recommended for printing out concert programmes at a reasonable cost.

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Listening stations

There are two stations in the Multimedia Room for listening to audio cassettes and CDs with headphones. There is an additional Listening Station on the second floor of the Music Building, which is also equipped for viewing DVDs and videos, as well as listening to vinyl records (LPs). Access to the Music Building Listening Station is restricted to School of Music staff and students, and can be obtained through signing out a key from the Music Porters.

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Users with disabilities

We try to make our facilities as accessible as possible for users with disabilities. All of our eight networked computers are installed with TextHelp, and one computer is set up in a fully accessible workstation, with a motorised adjustable height table, an adjustable monitor, a fully-adjustable chair with neck-rest, and equipped with specialised software. The Memorial Reading Room contains a digital enlarger at its own desk. Small digital devices for recording lectures are available for loan at the Issue Desk. We also have a wide range of other assistive equipment. Please do not hesitate to ask for assistance or further information.

Further information about services for disabled users


Study environment

The Library aims to provide an area conducive to study for all who use it. Please do not inconvenience other users by talking loudly, listening to music outside of the Multimedia Room, or having your mobile phone enabled for sound. You are permitted to drink bottled water in public spaces of the library, but the consumption of other forms of food and drink is not permitted. The Memorial Reading Room can be booked at the Issue Desk for private or group study to help facilitate a productive and enjoyable library environment for everyone.

When study spaces are in short supply, students are encouraged to make use of the facilities across campus, in particular the Arts and Social Studies Library, which has late night and Sunday opening hours during term time, houses a food-friendly eLounge on the Lower Ground Floor, and is also home to SCOLAR (Special Collections and Archives), a Graphics Services department, and a wide range of materials related to music research.

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All staff and students at Cardiff University and the National Museum of Wales can use the Music Library with full privileges. Members of the public are welcome to use the Music Library's resources in house during weekday business hours.

Community membership schemes are available, including our Alumni scheme. Library cards for alumni are issued at Senghennydd Library. You will need your alumni card and one form of photo ID. There is a charge of £10 for twelve months' library membership, which entitles you to borrow up to six standard loan items.

Reciprocal borrowing schemes also exist between the Music Library and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and between Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University. Cardiff University is a participant in both the UK Interlending and SCONUL schemes.