Minneapolis Central Library
Third Floor At-a-Glance
The third floor offers a rich selection of materials in the Arts, Music and Literature in an array of formats. The centralized collection of circulating and reference magazines and newspapers comprises a significant portion of the floor. The Arts section includes information on drawing and painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic arts, interior design, antiques, collectibles, museum catalogs and guides, and catalog raisonnés containing every known work of an individual artist up to the year of the publication, often appearing in a multi-volume format for artists of prolific achievement.
The music collection is replete with information about musicians and musical groups as well as all types of music in a variety of formats. For your enjoyment, you may select compact discs or print materials such as sheet music, songbooks and multivolume symphonic works. Music includes operatic and classical music, jazz, rock and roll, folk and popular music, Celtic, reggae, East Indian and a wide variety of other music from all over the world.
The literature materials contain poetry and prose, dramatic works such as plays, screenplay, and monologues, biographies of authors and actors, language-learning resources including dictionaries and grammar tools, and literary criticism. This collection is especially popular among our strong and active theatre and literary communities.
The magazine collection contains a vast range of subjects among the more than 2,000 titles represented. The third floor stacks house earlier volumes in bound, microfilm and other formats. The collection of newspapers is comprised of subscriptions for dailies, weeklies and Sunday papers from cities in the upper Midwest and large metropolitan areas throughout the country. There are also newspapers that may be a special interest to our ethnically and racially diverse community of library users. Of particular interest to historians, genealogists and students are historic newspapers such as the Minneapolis Journal (1878 – 1942), available in microfilm and housed on the third floor, while the index to this publication is located in the Genealogy Learning Commons on the fourth floor.
OF SPECIAL NOTE:
A unique and prized collection maintained for a period of 100 years, including more than 600,000 images covering a multitude of subjects. Often favorably compared to similar holdings at the New York Public Library, the Picture File is a renowned collection that draws teachers, artists, students and general users from all over.
Card file containing thousands of entries of song titles collected from 1885 to the present.
Sheet Music Collection:
Consists of more than 60,000 pieces of sheet music in numerous musical genres
Song Book Collection:
Containing over 150,000 songs in printed song books
More than 55,000 scores, including classical music scores, in a variety of keys, formats, and arrangements
Composer Complete Works:
A very extensive collection of multivolume sets providing every known composition of a single composer of classical music
- Microfilm and Microfiche Reader/printers are located only on the third floor. Materials in these formats must be brought to the third floor for viewing.
- New soundproof music rooms should soon be under construction in the alcove on the west side of the floor, adjacent to the Picture File and the cabinets of sheet music. These rooms may be used as practice spaces for musicians.
A list of authoritative websites reviewed and evaluated by resource librarians and arranged topically
Imprint dates from 1970 to the present:
M Music and Books on Music
N Fine Arts
P Language and Literature
Z Library Science
- 400s, 800s (mid 20th century) and some of the 700s Reference LCs
- Deweys related to the floor (4th floor adjacent stacks)
- Putnams (imprints from 1885 to the mid 1960s – 4th floor adjacent stacks)
This unique classification system was devised and named after MPL’s first director, Herbert Putnam, who subsequently became the 8th Librarian of Congress and developed the Library of Congress Classification System in consultation with Charles Ammi Cutter.
Senior Librarian/Floor Supervisor: Anita Bealer
Anita Bealer Classical Music and the Arts
Jeff Radford Magazines and Newspapers
Jonathan Copeland Popular Music
3rd floor iDesk – 612-630-6034