The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library (MSPAL) is the
central location on the College Park campus for
dance materials. The circulating,
reference, serial, and special collections include 56,000 books, 156,000 musical
scores, 130,000 audio and video recordings, 4500 microform titles, and 281
active journal subscriptions.
Opened in 2000 as part of the
Smith Performing Arts Center, MSPAL's public areas include a
spacious main reading room with individual study carrels and computer
workstations, a separate reading room for special collections, a lounge-style
study room, a seminar room, and a group study room. A multi-media exhibition
gallery, with an adjacent lecture/concert room, links the Library to the Smith
Center's exciting programming via the Grand Pavilion.
Reference librarians, curators, and expert permanent
staff are available on weekdays
during regular working hours. However, the library is open evening and weekend
hours, and offers basic circulation and information services during those times.
The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library is home to several special
collections and archives of materials relating to the arts.
Collections in Performing Arts (SCPA) of the University of Maryland
Libraries contains performing arts collections that preserve performance,
education, recordings, and scholarship.
Also located within the Michelle
Smith Performing Arts Library, the
Piano Archives at Maryland is a unique resource for the study,
appreciation, and preservation of the classical piano repertoire and its
performance. IPAM's collections comprise the world's most extensive
concentration of piano recordings, books, scores, programs and related
materials, including the archival papers of many great keyboard artists.
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
8270 Alumni Dr.
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-1630 USA
Directions and Parking Information
General Information and Front Desk
International Piano Archives at Maryland
Special Collections in Performing Arts
(301) 405-9220, Curator
(301) 314-7614, Workroom
Submit a question to SCPA
For the contact information of a particular staff member, please visit the PAL staff page.
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