St. Olaf Libraries

Halvorson Music Library

Music Research Resources

Our catalog, databases, and digital collections can be searched from the Libraries' homepage.

For an overview of doing research in music at St. Olaf, please see our Library Guide for Music Research

Library Hours

We have some changes to our regular hours coming up soon. Please note the special hours below.

Sunday noon - 11pm
Monday 7:45am - 11pm
Tuesday 7:45am - 11pm
Wednesday 7:45am - 11pm
Thursday 7:45am - 11pm
Friday 7:45am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 6pm

Music Library Winter Break Hours:

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 7:45am - 5pm
Thursday, December 19, 2019 10am - 2pm
Friday, December 20, 2019 10am - 2pm
Saturday, December 21, 2019 CLOSED
Sunday, December 22, 2019 CLOSED
Monday, December 23, 2019 CLOSED
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 CLOSED
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 CLOSED
Thursday, December 26, 2019 CLOSED
Friday, December 27, 2019 CLOSED
Saturday, December 28, 2019 CLOSED
Sunday, December 29, 2019 CLOSED
Monday, December 30, 2019 CLOSED
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 CLOSED
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 CLOSED

Reserve the Group Study Room

The Group Study Room is perfect for group study, and contains a flat-screen monitor hooked up to a computer and sound system, a Yamaha electric piano, and a white board.

Reserve the room for your group.

Library Map

The Music Library is located on the main floor of the Christiansen Hall of Music.

Map of the Music Library

The Music Library's periodicals are shelved alphabetically by title. Other materials are shelved according to the Library of Congress classification system. Music videos and all sound recordings are available at the circulation desk.

Library Staff | 507-786-3209

Mary Huismann

Mary Huismann

Music Catalog Librarian

Rolvaag Library 386
P(507) 786-3794
Ellen Ogihara

Ellen Ogihara

Research & Instruction Librarian for Music and Fine Arts

Christiansen Hall of Music 147/Rolvaag Library 306
P(507) 786-3362
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Deanna Olson

Deanna Olson

Music Library Associate for Acquisitions

Christiansen Hall of Music
P(507) 786-3209
Inga Velde

Inga Velde

Music Library Associate for Circulation

Christiansen Hall of Music
P(507) 786-3209

About the Music Library

Halvorson Music Library contains approximately 15,000 books, 20,000 scores, 17,000 sound recordings, and 800 video recordings. We also have facilities for individual and group viewing and listening, an electronic piano equipped with headphones, and access to many online resources. The librarian and staff are here to assist you in every way we possibly can.

The Halvorson Music Library is named for Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Halvorson. Henry Halvorson (Class of 1925) taught music, history, and literature in Minnesota schools before joining the publishing firm of Ginn and Company in Boston. He directed the music department there and edited a complete set of elementary music textbooks. Mr. Halvorson became Vice President of Ginn and Company, and later served as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He was a member of the Board of Regents of St. Olaf College from 1964-1980. The generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Halvorson, along with their keen interest in music and in St. Olaf College, made possible this music library building, to the great and lasting benefit of the St. Olaf community.

St. Olaf Music Department's Music for Performing Organizations

The items in this collection are not part of the St. Olaf Libraries' collection and are not included in Catalyst.

If you manage a music ensemble and would like to access the collection, please contact the Associate Librarian for Ensembles and Performing Rights, Courtney Kleftis (