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Allen Memorial Library

(Music and Dance Library)


Hours: see https://www.hartford.edu/academics/library/hours/

The Allen Library is located on the lower level of the Harrison Libraries (the same building as the Mortensen Library and Starbucks®), all of which are located in the middle of the Harry Jack Gray Center, conveniently next to the Fuller Center. The Allen Library houses reference and circulating materials in support of the University’s music, dance, and performing arts programs. Its holdings of more than 85,000 items include 20,000 books and bound journals about music, 400 print and electronic journal titles, 40,000 music scores, 1,200 DVDs and videocassettes, over 20,000 sound recordings, and thousands of tracks available through online audio databases. The audio collection includes thousands of recorded performances of Hartt faculty and students.


Matriculated Hartt Summerterm students may borrow circulating books and scores for the entire summerterm. They may borrow sound and video recordings for three weeks, with renewals allowed. Non-matriculated Hartt Summerterm students may borrow circulating materials for one week, with one renewal for an additional week. They may use sound and video recordings inside the Allen Library.

Listening and Viewing

The library has three listening/viewing rooms equipped with turntables, CD players,  DVD/VCR players, Blu-ray payers, and large HD monitors with VGA and HDMI hookups. Two seminar rooms (one large, one small) include the same equipment plus cassette decks and Mac mini computers, and a projector in the largest room. All rooms available for teaching, group study, and meetings. There are also listening carrels for using audio materials.

Computers and recording equipment

Public iMacs include the full Microsoft Office suite, online resources, and some music software. Digital camcorders, audio Zoom recorders, USB microphones, tripods, iPads, MacBooks (with tech ProApps bundle, plus music notation software Finale), and other recording equipment and accessories are available for brief checkout. Reading and study areas have wireless Internet access.

Scanning, Photocopying, and Printing

One scanner is available and is free to use. Printouts are currently free (formerly $0.05 per page). Photocopies cost $0.10 per page. Cash is not accepted by either the photocopier or the pay printer. University IDs with HawkCash may be used to pay for copies and printouts. Funds may be added to a HawkCash account at the vending machine on the main level of Mortensen Library, at the HawkCard ID Office in the Administrative building (CC 118), or online. The minimum that can be added is $1. The vending machine does not accept coins, and there will be no additional 2.75% convenience fee for online deposits.

ID and Email Accounts

All students and faculty must get a University ID at the HawkCard ID Office, located in the Administrative building. The room number is CC118 (860.768.5343). You will need a University of Hartford ID in order to borrow items from the library. When you come to the library for the first time, you will also need to fill out a brief Patron Registration Form.

It is crucial that all summer students and faculty have current University of Hartford email accounts. You will need an email account in order to access the Internet via the wireless network in The Hartt School, Allen Library, and all other wireless hot spots around campus. You will also need an email account to access the library’s electronic sources from off campus—these include Oxford Music Online (“Grove”), the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, ERIC and PsychLit (for education), ProQuest Dissertations, RILM, WorldCat, and the streaming audio databases: Naxos Music Library, Classical Music Library, DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music), Smithsonian Global Sound, and Jazz Music Library, as well as the streaming video databases, Dance in Video and Jacob's Pillow Dance Stream.

contact Library Staff

Tracey Rudnick, Head, Allen Library

Circulation Desk

Lisa Wollenberg, Public Services Librarian

Michael Anderson, Public Services Coordinator