A Welcome from Your Library Staff

Just as CIM embraces the legacy of the past and promotes the continuing evolution of music, the library provides a full spectrum of resources, from traditional print materials to electronic resources. The library supports and supplements the initiatives of the faculty in developing the full artistic potential of CIM students. Learn more about the Robinson Music Library and what it has to offer.

CIM Library Mission, Vision & History

Our Mission

The mission of the Robinson Music Library is to create a nurturing environment for the study of music, supporting the educational objectives of the Cleveland Institute of Music and fostering our students' own musical growth and development.

Our History

CIM has always had a library of some description since its founding in 1920, but it was not until the early 1960’s, when CIM moved to University Circle, that the library was upgraded to have a professional staff and the collection was developed along the lines that you see today. The first professional library director was Clara Steuermann. Hired by Victor Babin in 1966, Ms. Steuermann successfully applied for a multi-year federal grant to build the library collection. Her work and dedication laid the foundation for the wonderful library we have today.

The library’s space and collections have evolved over the years reflecting our faculty, institution, and community to meet the ever-changing needs of the next generation of great performers. In 2007, the library underwent a complete renovation which added lower floor and gave the library a dedicated media center in which to house its many commercial and unique local recordings. Today, Robinson Music Library serves the CIM community with our five full-time staff members and thousands of physical books, scores, CDs, DVDs, etc. In addition to these, the library subscribes to many of the top music research/streaming databases for our students. 

Past Directors

Clara Steuermann: 1966-1975

Karen Miller Griffith: 1975-1985

Melody McMahon: 1985-1988

Linda Richer: 1988-1989

Jean Toombs: 1990-2016

CIM & CWRU Libraries & Offerings

Robinson Music Library at CIM

Robinson Music Library is located on the first floor of the Cleveland Institute of Music adjacent to Pogue Lobby. The collections here focus mainly on Classical through 20th century music in support of the CIM curriculum.

In the Robinson Music Library you will find a wide selection of repertoire for all instruments, voice, and chamber ensembles as well as opera and orchestral scores. Our 41,000+ volumes include all the standard works along with more unusual repertoire in each field. Scores (full-sized and miniature) and parts in a variety of editions are available for check-out. Complete works of major composers in scholarly editions are shelved in the Reference section and can be used within the library for study and comparison.

The Robinson Music Library owns nearly 12,000 volumes of books with a focus mainly on Western art music. Find biographies of classical musicians, books about music history, analyses of musical compositions, or other information for your research or for pleasure reading. Most of these are available for check-out. A large selection of music dictionaries, song indexes, International Phonetic Alphabet translations, composer and instrument bibliographies all may be found in the Reference section for use within the library.

With over 16,000 CDs, 10,000 LPs, 1,000 DVDs and other formats, the Media collection of the Robinson Music Library includes a wide range of the best of recorded classical art music. Find CDs or DVDs by today's great performers, plus legendary performances only found on vinyl LP.

The Robinson Music Library's Media Lab maintains an ongoing collection of recordings of CIM faculty performances, CIM opera programs and CIM orchestra concerts. Look for these using the Library catalog, Media Lab card catalog or the CIM concert program binders. While most media items are available for checkout to participants in the Joint Music Program, you may listen or watch CIM Performances and items on reserve in the Media Lab.

Kulas Music Library at CWRU

Kulas Music Library is a satellite library of Kelvin Smith Library. It houses Case Western Reserve University's library collections in the area of music. The library contains 45,000 items, including music scores, books on music, sound recordings, video recordings, microforms and music periodicals. The library also contains a listening room for using the sound recording and video collections. Any Case faculty member, student or staff member with a valid university ID, or any CIM conservatory level faculty member, student or staff member with a valid CIM ID may borrow from the library. Books and scores circulate. Sound and video recordings must be used in the library. Find library hours, here.

CIM Orchestra Library

The Orchestra Library's primary responsibility is to obtain (through purchase or rental), prepare, and distribute music for the CIM orchestral program. This includes orchestra programs, the regular concert series, conducting student recitals and classes such as the conducting major's Lab Orchestra, the required beginning conducting class and the woodwind/brass repertoire class.

In addition, students can request individual parts for study and auditions. The CIM Orchestra Library does not lend music to outside groups or individuals. If you need assistance with the Orchestra Library, please contact the Ensembles Manager

Kelvin Smith Library at CWRU

Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) is the main library supporting the teaching and research of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, with emphasis given to the College of Arts and Sciences, the Case School of Engineering and the Weatherhead School of Management. The University Archives (located in the Bioenterprise Building), Kulas Music Library (located in Haydn Hall) and the Astronomy Library (located in Sears Building) are part of Kelvin Smith Library. KSL librarians and staff work with the libraries of the professional schools, the Cleveland Health Sciences Library, the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library, and the Harris Library of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, to coordinate policies and collections. KSL also provides technology services such as the online public catalog and circulation systems to the other campus libraries and affiliate libraries, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Find library hours, here.

CIM Library Collections

Scores & Parts

In the Robinson Music Library you will find a wide selection of repertoire for all instruments, voice, and chamber ensembles as well as opera and orchestral scores. Our 41,000+ volumes include all the standard works along with more unusual repertoire in each field. Scores (full-sized and miniature) and parts in a variety of editions are available for check-out. Complete works of major composers in scholarly editions are shelved in the Reference section and can be used within the library for study and comparison.

Books

The Robinson Music Library owns nearly 12,000 volumes of books with a focus mainly on Western art music. Find biographies of classical musicians, books about music history, analyses of musical compositions, or other information for your research or for pleasure reading. Most of these are available for check-out. A large selection of music dictionaries, song indexes, International Phonetic Alphabet translations, composer and instrument bibliographies all may be found in the Reference section for use within the library.

New books arrive monthly! Check the New Acquisitions Guide for a list of scores, books, & recordings which have just arrived.

Books for Young People

A collection of books for young people about music and musicians can be found in the display at the front of the library. Look for the location "CIM Preparatory Cart" in the library catalog.

Music Magazines & Journals

Keep up with the latest events in the world of music. Current music magazines and journals can be found on open shelving in the study area of the Robinson Music Library. If you're doing research, you'll find back issues shelved on the east wall of the library, with older volumes in storage and available on request.

Many magazines and journals are available in full-text online. Access these using E-Journal Portal. For a complete list of magazine/journal holdings held by Case & affiliate libraries, search the library catalog by the title of the publication.

Dissertations

DMA Documents at the Robinson Music Library (PDF) - lists dissertations written for CIM degrees held by the Robinson Music Library.

CIM dissertations are solely the intellectual property of the author and require permission to be copied for academic use. Once permission is received, the library staff will, at their discretion, scan and email dissertations for $0.10 per page up to 50 pages. Please contact the library for more information. 

Both the Robinson and Kulas Music Libraries collect dissertations written at other schools. These may be found by searching the library catalog. The Kulas Music Library also maintains a list of DMA Dissertations from other schools (PDF) at the Kulas Music Library.

You may also locate dissertations through our web resources including Dissertation Abstracts (ProQuest Dissertations & Theses)RILM Abstracts of Music, and IU's Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology.

Media

With over 16,000 CDs, 10,000 LPs, 1000 DVDs and other formats, the Media collection of the Robinson Music Library includes a wide range of the best of recorded classical art music. Find CDs or DVDs by today's great performers, plus legendary performances only found on vinyl LP. The Robinson Music Library's Media Lab also maintains an ongoing collection of recordings of CIM faculty performances, CIM opera programs and CIM orchestra concerts. Look for these using the Media Lab card catalog or the CIM concert program binders. 

Streaming Media

Want still more choices? The Robinson Music Library subscribes to several streaming audio and video services, including Naxos Music Library,Classical Music LibraryDRAMOpera in Video, and more. Access these from our public computers or off-campus using the VPN Client.

CIM Library Media Lab

Our Media Lab is located on the lowest level of the library. Here, you will find all of our physical recordings, as well as our computer lab for use by our patrons.

The computer lab consists of 24 individual stations including 14 Macs, eight PCs and two self-service LP listening stations, as well as two group listening rooms. These computer stations are equipped with the following programs:

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Audacity / GarageBand
  • Blu-ray Player
  • Finale
  • Keynote
  • MacGAMUT
  • Movie Maker / iMovie
  • Microsoft Office
  • Sibelius
  • Spotify

A media assistant is always on duty during regular library hours to help you find and access recordings and videos.

Our extensive performance collection includes:

  • Over 16,000 commercial compact discs
  • Over 1000 commercial DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and videocassettes.
  • LPs, videocassettes, and laserdiscs of historic performances not available on modern formats.
  • CIM Performance collection CD and DVD of faculty recitals, opera and orchestral concerts, and a selection of CIM master classes.
  • Online subscriptions to Classical Music Library, Naxos, DRAM, Met Opera On Demand, and Opera in Video.
Joint Music Program

Through the Joint Music Program (JMP) between Case Western Reserve University and CIM, the libraries at each institution share collections for the greatest benefit to students and faculty.

Robinson Music Library at CIM and Kulas Music Library at CWRU are the primary libraries for the JMP. Each library specializes in materials geared toward the curriculum at its particular institution. Robinson Music Library focuses on performance repertoire from the Classical period through the 20th and 21st century, as well as music theory texts and a broad listening collection. Kulas Music Library's collections are geared toward music education, musicology, music therapy, and early music/historical performance practice. Combined, these libraries provide a well-rounded music collection to serve our patrons. Additionally, online resources are shared between institutions to provide the greatest possible access to music-related databases.