Music and Fine Arts


The Music & Fine Arts Collection supports the curriculum and research needs of the faculty and students of the Jordan College of Fine Arts. The disciplines included are art history, dance, media arts, music, and theatre.


  • Sheri Stormes - Music & Fine Arts Librarian
  • Irwin Library, IL130, (317) 940-9218,
    Instant Messenger (AOL): sherimezzo


The collection was originally developed and housed by the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music (established in 1928). In 1949, the school changed its name to Jordan College of Music. The college merged with Butler University in 1951. When, in 1962, Jordan College moved onto the Butler Campus, the music library remained in the new music building, Lilly Hall, but came under the administration of the Butler Libraries. During the summer of 1992, the music and fine arts collection was moved from a double classroom space in the basement of Lilly Hall into Irwin Library. This served the dual purpose of freeing up space in Lilly Hall for additional classrooms and rehearsal areas and providing for expansion of the music and fine arts collection and listening facilities.

The music and art print materials are housed in the northeast quadrant of the second level of the Irwin Library. The remaining disciplines are integrated into the Irwin collections by call number. The reference collections are also housed on the second floor of Irwin. The Music & Fine Arts Librarian's office (Irwin Room 130) is in the northwest quadrant of Irwin's main floor.

The Music & Fine Arts collection includes books, musical scores, subject-specific dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, and indexes as well as a large collection of audio and video materials relating specifically to the arts. The audio-visual collections are housed behind the Irwin Circulation Desk, with the cases browsable in the stacks (CDs in the music quad, DVDs in the basement). Many audio-visual materials can be checked out of the library. A listening/viewing area is also available for patron use. It is located in the basement of the Irwin Library.  


Last updated September 3, 2014.