The Schneider Music Library, operated by the School of Music, has the distinction of being the University's only departmental library. It is staffed by one professional music librarian and several student clerks. Founded in 1983, the library was rededicated in 1986 to honor the benefaction of Texas State alumna Mrs. Frances Reuser Schneider.
The Schneider Music Library and the Alkek (main) Library are part of a single, coordinated library system, searchable in one combined online catalog.
The library collection supports University instruction and research in applied music, music education, composition, music theory, musicology, jazz studies, and sound recording technology. Most historical periods and geographical areas are covered in both classical and popular idioms, though the emphasis is on the Western classical tradition.
The collection includes tens of thousands of books, scores, journals/serials, compact discs, vinyl LPs, audio cassettes, DVDs, videocassettes, and software programs. In addition, several major online music-reference databases can be accessed from the Internet-connected computers within the library, and can also be accessed from home, office, or dorm. (Note: some databases, when accessed off-campus, will be limited to those with current Texas State computer accounts, and are user-name and password protected.)
It is essential to remember that the music collection is divided between the university's two libraries. The Schneider Music Library focuses on items that represent the music itself --scores and recordings. The Alkek Library houses items about music, such as books and journals. Scholars embarking on music research projects should assume that they will need to consult both libraries during the course of their work.
The listing for each item on the online catalog will specify the location at which the item is housed.