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Eugene Ormandy Music & Media Center

Room 424
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library 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. 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.

32" monitor
Blu-Ray player
Cassette player
CD player
Computer work station
DVD player
Laser disc player
Mac Pro
Mackie Preamp
MIDI keyboard
Multimedia player
Reel-to-reel player
SM7 microphones
VHS Videocassette player

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.

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.

Food & drink rules

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.


Nearby bathrooms

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