Frequently Asked Questions

What are the circulation policies of the music library?

A Moody Bible Institute ID or library card is required to check out items from the Media/Music Library. To apply, please visit the Circulation Desk or call 312-329-4136 for more information.

Please note the following borrowing privileges and loan periods.

  1. Only MBI Faculty members may check out reference scores.
  2. Only patrons with current MBI IDs or library cards may check-out scores and CDs.
  3. Up to 3 reserve items can be checked-out at the Circulation Desk.
  4. Illegal duplication of recordings is prohibited. All duplication of recordings must comply with current copyright code.

Loan Period



3-week checkout



3-day checkout

Media Kits


Curriculum Lab


Juvenile Media


DVDs & Videos


Audio Cassettes


CD-ROMs & Non-music CDs


4-hour checkout

Music CDs


Non-circulating materials

Reference Scores

Lost Materials

$40.00 - Scores

$30.00 - Music CDs

$10.00 - Accessories (CD case)

Faculty Only

1-week checkout

Music CDs

How is the Dewey Decimal System (DDC) organized?

DDC sorts subjects by numbers. Music is almost always found in the 780s.

Two exceptions are:

  • 264.2 - Books for Church Music (working with choir)
  • 306.484 - Sociology of Music

The major divisions are:

  • 780 - Music
  • 781 - General principles and Musical forms (Music theory, music therapy)
  • 782 - Vocal music
  • 783 - Voice
  • 784 - Instrumental ensembles and their music
  • 785 - Music for small ensembles/Chamber Music
  • 786 - Keyboard, mechanical, electrophonic, percussion instruments
  • 787 - Strings
  • 788 - Wind Instruments



The New Encyclopedia of the Opera

by David Ewen

782.103 E94n


A Treasury of Grand Opera

by Henry W. Simon

782.1 S594t


Carmen : Opera in Four Acts

by Georges Bizet

782.1 B625c

(Music Library Scores)

Opera Arias

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

782.1 M939o

(Music Library CD)

How do I search the library for music?

Use the advanced search features of the Library Catalog to find music CDs and scores. This special catalog includes search options such as composer and table of contents. It is limited to the Music and Media Library and can be further limited to individual collections such as compact discs and scores.


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Fridays:  7:30am - 11pm
Saturdays:  9am - Midnight
Sundays:  6pm - Midnight

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