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:
 
Picture File:
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.
Song Index:
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
 
Scores:
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
 
Special Equipment:
 
Selected Weblinks:
A list of authoritative websites reviewed and evaluated by resource librarians and arranged topically
 
LC CALLNUMBERRANGES:
Imprint dates from 1970 to the present:  
     Music and Books on Music
N        Fine Arts
P        Language and Literature 
Z        Library Science
 
STACK AREAS:       
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. 
Minneapolis Central floor plansFloor plans and content
 
Principal Librarian:             Renée Reed   rreed@hclib.org   612-630-6304
 
Senior Librarian/Floor Supervisor:        Anita Bealer
 
Resource Librarians:
 
Anita Bealer                       Classical Music and the Arts
abealer@hclib.org                              
612-630-6063        
 
Jeff Radford                       Magazines and Newspapers
jradford@hclib.org
612-630-6311
 
Jonathan Copeland             Popular Music                                         
jcopeland@hclib.org
612-630-6314
 
3rd floor iDesk – 612-630-6034