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. 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, drop in or book a room.
All videotape players are capable of playing PAL, NTSC, and MESCAM formats. Consult the document, Public Video Players in the Penn Libraries, 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
Access: A valid Penncard or other form of photo ID is required to use the Ormandy Media Center collections and facilities. Circulating compact discs and videorecordings have a loan period of forty-two days. Compact discs designated in Franklin as circulating "In Library Only" have a loan period of four hours. Reserve materials shelved in the Ormandy Center and all cassettes and LPs circulate for a loan period of four hours and must remain in the building. Special permission to borrow recordings for class presentation may be granted. 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.
4 large gender-neutral, accessible bathrooms are located in the 4th floor west elevator lobby.
See 4th floor plan of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center