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Music Business, Performance and Technology: Books

A guide to resources, online and in print, related to the music industry and professional performance.

Quick Search For Books

You can search for books, movies, and music by using the library's online catalog.

Type the keyword(s) in the box below, then press Enter or click the Search button.


Search Strategies

Here are some examples of search strategies for MBPT:

  • Ableton
  • "Pro Tools"
  • guitar instruction
  • songwriting
  • music career
  • music copyright
  • music publishing
  • sound mixing

Browse the Stacks

Materials in our libraries are shelved according to the Library of Congress Classification system. The commercial music collection is located primarily at the Northridge Campus Library.  You can browse the library catalog and the library stacks (shelves) with these call number ranges:

M1-5000  Music (collections of musical sources, collected works of individual composers, instrumental music, solo instruments, orchestra, band, and vocal music)

ML 1-3930 Literature on music (dictionaries, encyclopedias, history and criticism, biography, composition, types of music)

ML 3000-3790 Music business, recording industry)

MT 1-960  Musical instruction and study (music theory, instrumental techniques, singing and vocal technique)

TK 7881.4  Sound -- Recording and reproducing -- Digital techniques (also in ML 74.4)

If you are not finding material you need, ask a librarian for assistance.  You can also search libraries worldwide through WorldCat.  Ask your librarian about interlibrary loan if you find a title you need at a distant library.

With your ACCeID, you can get a TexShare card to borrow books from participating local libraries.


The library provides access to e-books which can be read online. Look for the   symbol in your catalog search results.

You will need to submit your ACCeID and password to read e-books if you are not on campus.

Printed Sheet Music

  Need sheet music? 

Take a look at this list from the library catalog.

New Books in the Library

A few recent arrivals at ACC Libraries. See also our lists of essential Business and Reference titles.

Borrowing Library Materials

When you have found library items in this guide you would like to borrow

--Click the Request Item button to the right of the book title.

--Type in your ACCeID number and password on the request form and click LOG IN.

--Select a campus Pickup Location.

It usually takes 2-5 business days to have material sent from one campus library to another through campus mail.

Most books and media items are loaned for two weeks.  You may renew your material twice if it has not been requested by another borrower. 

To renew materials online, go to My Account.

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