The new Music Library building opened in October 1997. Total cost, including furnishings and equipment, was $2,979,300. It was named for Dr. Howard M. Skinner on May 6, 2005.
The main floor has 15,000 square feet of floor space, almost all of it patron-accessible. Basement storage, mechanical, and archival facilities account for another 3,000 square feet.
Featured on the north wall of the computer commons is a mosaic mural designed and created by Darrell Anderson, who also designed part of a mosaic inlaid floor at Denver International Airport.
See a map of the library.
From the public computer workstations, patrons can access the University of Northern Colorado Libraries' online catalog via the Music Library homepage, as well as other databases useful to music and general research. Additionally, the building provides access to UNC's wireless network.
The library is also equipped with 3 facilities for instruction and study purposes. For more information about room space, study areas and classroom availability, please visit our room space page.
We have the second-largest music collection in Colorado, and the largest collection of music CDs that patrons can check out and take home with them. We're especially strong in jazz recordings (more than 7,000), complementing the School of Music's exceptional Jazz Studies program. As of June 30, 2015, we owned slightly more than 135,000 items including the following:
We’re a busy facility with a devoted patron population. Almost one-third of UNC Libraries’ circulation occurs in the Skinner Music Library, although music and musical theatre majors constitute barely five percent of the student body.
We also have several unique collections: