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Music Library

The Music Library is located on the lower level of the George Sweeting Center for World Evangelization on the central Chicago campus of Moody Bible Institute. The Music Library contains over 10,000 items in a variety of formats. This collection includes approximately 11,400 CDs and 5,700 scores.

Other music-related materials are also collected by the library and are located in the 780 sections of the  Reference and Main Stack collections as well as in our online databases.


Mission Statement

The Music Library supports the mission of the Moody Music Department to train Christian musicians for the advancement of the Christian faith through music ministry. The purpose of the Music Library is to provide music for evaluation and listening for required courses. We strive to support the curriculum with supplementary resources.


Music Library Resources

Main Stacks

Scores and CDs are found in the 780s of the Music Library section on the lower level.


Sacred Scores
There is a special collection of Sacred Scores, which consist of arrangements and original compositions appropriate for church worship services and special occasions such as weddings and holidays. These scores are identifiable by a blue dot on the spine of the score.


The Music Library houses a small number of jazz recordings and scores, including jazz and blues method books for various instruments.


Music from around the World
Our ethnomusicology collection of music from around the world supports the Intro to World Music course required for most music majors. Many international students and others interested in the music of different cultures or planning a mission trip to another part of the world take advantage of this collection as well. Some of the countries and cultures represented are Israel, Bulgaria, China, Japan, South America, Tibet, India, Africa, Polynesia, Micronesia, and more.


Moody Ensembles
Look for recordings of the Moody Bible Institute music groups on CD. Listen to an assortment of Moody group recordings from the 1960s to the present.


Books about music are located on the lower level of the library in the main collection 780s.


Hymnals from many denominations and traditions, many of which date back to the early 1800s, are found in the Music Library section on the lower level.



Located in the 780s of the Reference section; contains music dictionaries, encyclopedias, and reference hymns.



Music periodicals are located in alphabetical order by title in the Periodicals section.