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
A valid Penncard or other form of photo ID is required to use the Ormandy Media Center collections and facilities.
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 6 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.
Ormandy Center laptop, musical instruments and carrying cases circulate for 3 days and may be renewed two times.
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 https://guides.library.upenn.edu/circulation/vpfinesfees for information on lost items and replacement fees.
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