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Eugene Ormandy Music and Media Center

The Eugene Ormandy Music & Media Center is named for the long-term conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, whose professional papers, conducting scores, and recordings the Penn Libraries hold.

Overview of the space available in the Eugene Ormandy Music and Media Center

About the Eugene Ormandy Music and Media Center

The Center is located within the Otto E. Albrecht Music Library and houses more than 40,000 sound recordings of Western music, as well as art and traditional musics of the world in LP disc, cassette, and compact disc formats. The Music Library's video collection, also housed here, includes DVD and laser disc recordings of opera and ballet as well as a diverse collection of video tapes.

The Ormandy Music & Media Center contains the Class of 1958 Audio Lab and the Glossberg Recording Room and Group Viewing Suite. Group viewing rooms are equipped with study tables and seating.


A valid Penncard or other form of photo ID is required to use the Ormandy Media Center collections and facilities. 

Patrons are welcome to use the Center's audio-visual equipment for listening and viewing of personal recordings, although priority is given to those using library-owned materials.

Rules for Ormandy materials

Circulating Ormandy Center compact discs, cassettes, LPs, DVDs, Blue-rays, videocassettes books and scores have a loan period of six weeks and may be renewed one time for an additional six weeks unless designated in the Franklin catalog as "Library Use Only." Ormandy Center materials designated as "Library Use Only" may be borrowed for a period of four hours and must be used in the library. There is no limit to the number of regularly circulating items that a user may borrow at one time.

Reserve materials shelved in the Ormandy Center have a loan period of four hours and must remain in the building. Users may borrow up to four reserve items at a time. Special permission to borrow reserve recordings, books and scores for class presentation may be granted, please inquire at the Ormandy Center circulation desk. Reserve materials shelved in the Marian Anderson Center do not circulate and must be used in the library.

Musical instruments and carrying cases circulate for three days and may be renewed two times. The Ormandy Center's loanable laptop circulates for 7 days, no renewals.

Recall, fines, loss

All Ormandy Center materials are subject to recall.

Fines for overdue sound and videorecordings, books and scores are $1/day for 14 days, after which the item will be considered lost and replacement fees will apply. Fines for overdue reserve items are $1/hour. Fines for music instruments and their cases, and our laptop and its case, are $50/day for 14 days, after which the item will be considered lost and replacement fees will apply.

Please see  for information on lost items and replacement fees. 

Where to print, copy, scan

Accordion List


  • 32-inch monitor
  • Ableton Push
  • Allen & Heath "ZEDi-10FX"
  • Blu-Ray player
  • Cassette player
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Flat-screen monitor
  • Laser disc player
  • Mac Pro
  • Macbook Pro laptop
  • Mackie preamp
  • Microphone
  • MIDI keyboard
  • Moog "Etherwave Plus Theremin"
  • Neumann TLM 103 condenser mic
  • Novation Circuit
  • Shure SM-7 microphone
  • Turntable
  • VHS videocassette player
  • Yamaha Reface CS

All videotape players are capable of playing PAL, NTSC, and MESCAM formats. Consult the Equipment finder and Spaces finder for a more detailed description of available equipment and facilities.

All of the audio and video equipment is used with headphones, though up to three individuals may listen/view together. Click here for a listing of our loaner musical instruments that links to descriptions in the catalog (you can pick up instruments to borrow at the Ormandy service desk).

The audio lab includes audio components connected to iMac Pros, all of which boast multimedia software (Adobe Suite, Audacity, Garageband, Final Cut Pro, iMovie). The Glossberg Recording Room features an iMac Pro which includes the aforementioned software as well as the notation software Sibelius and the ear training program Practica Musica. Studio 424.3 and our loaner laptop feature digital audio editing software (Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Max).

No food or beverages


424 Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 4th floor
Albrecht Music Library

Floor plan
Campus map

Location and Accessibility


For Wheelchairs

  • Sufficient doorway & hallway clearance
  • Automatic doors or no doors
  • Clearance to approach table
  • Table with accessible surface height, knee clearance, and leg clearance

Orthopedic Accessibility

  • Chairs have adjustable height


  • Natural and/or non-fluorescent light

Nearby Bathrooms

4 large gender-neutral, accessible bathrooms are located in the 4th floor west elevator lobby. (see floorplan)

Accessible Entrance

Accessible entrance on the ground floor. A brick walk leads from the north side of Levy Park to the accessible door. At the end of the walk are 2 doors. The accessible door is on the right.

Directions to the accessible entrance:   Word   |   PDF