1. Student Resources
  2. Library

About the Library

The Library at SFCM is for everyone: students, faculty, and staff. You’ll see your peers here, your teachers, and advisors that help you along your way during your time at the Conservatory. Our resources are at your disposal, so don’t hesitate to come to us with any questions you might have.

The Library develops, maintains and evaluates collections designed to support and enhance student and faculty curricular needs. The collection exceeds 60,000 items and includes more than 38,000 scores and parts, 15,000 audio-visual materials, 12,500 books and 77 periodical titles.

The core of the score and recording collections is based in Western art music from all historical periods and includes complete editions of the works of major composers. The collection is expanding in the areas of jazz, ethnic and contemporary music. The library's book collection, while focusing on music, encompasses the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences. All library collections are indexed in WorldCat, the Conservatory's online catalog.

The Library also houses the Conservatory audio and video archive, a 30-year chronicle of faculty and ensemble performances.

Library Hours
Interlibrary Loans
Reference Assistance
Research Appointment
Visitor Information
Circulation Policies
Library Fines
Library Staff

Library Hours

Monday–Thursday: 8:30 AM – 9 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Saturday: 9 AM – 4 PM
Sunday: 12 – 6 PM

Thanksgiving Hours

November 18: Closed
November 19–21: 9 AM – 5 PM
November 22–24: Closed
November 25: 12 – 6 PM

End of Semester Hours

December 17–21: 9 AM – 5 PM
December 22 – January 1, 2019: Closed

Winter Term hours begin Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary loan makes it possible for Conservatory students, faculty and staff to borrow materials that the Conservatory does not own. Limitations may apply on current year titles, reference books, periodicals, dissertations, audio/video materials and rare materials. Interlibrary loan delivery can take several days to several weeks. There may be a charge for the acquisition of materials via interlibrary loan, depending on the lending institution. To fill out the Interlibrary Loan Request form, click here. (This form is also available at the library desk.)

Reference Assistance

Reference assistance is available on a walk-in basis through the online form (click here), by phone (415-503-6213), by e-mail (library@sfcm.edu), and by scheduling an appointment with a librarian.

Research Appointment

Assistance in formulating and pursuing library research strategies is available by appointment with library staff. Services include assistance with identifying, locating and using appropriate print and digital resources for your project as well as assistance with finding specific books, articles, music materials and other items. Contact the library to schedule an appointment.

Visitor Information

Use of the Conservatory Library is limited to Conservatory students, faculty, staff and alumni. Access by others is limited to those with research needs that can only be met by our collection. Please call 415-503-6256 to discuss an appointment to use the library.

Circulation Policies

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music Library extends borrowing privileges to Conservatory students, faculty and staff members who are currently enrolled in courses or are employed by the Conservatory.

Please consult the Alumni Page for more information regarding Alumni borrowing privileges.

Loan Period

  • Books and scores:
    • Faculty and staff: 6 months for books and scores
    • Students: 6 week loans
    • Alumni: 2 week loans
  • Audio-visual materials:
    • Faculty and staff: 2 weeks
    • Students and alumni: 1 week
  • Reserve materials (all formats):
    • Faculty: 6 hours
    • All other borrowers: 2 hours


If an item you wish to borrow is checked out by another patron, you may place a hold on that item at the library desk. The original borrower is allowed a three-week check out, after which the item will be recalled for your use.


After three weeks, all materials are subject to recall. If an item is recalled, it will be assigned a new due date with charges accruing as of that date.

Library Fines


  • Scores and books: $0.20/day; up to $10 maximum fine.
  • Audio-visual materials: $1/day; $10 maximum fine.
  • Reserves: $1/hour; no maximum.

Lost Material

After a third overdue notice is issued, all borrowers are billed as follows:

  • A processing fee of $15 plus the replacement cost of the item.
  • If the item is returned, the fine is reduced to the $10 maximum fine.
  • Please note that the cost of out of print items is generally $50 or more.


  • Books/scores: may be renewed for an additional loan period (i.e. 6 weeks for students).
  • A/V material: may be renewed for an additional 1 week, unless recalled.
  • How to Renew

Library Staff