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Ruppel Library Services

Computer and Audiovisual Facilities

Seven public computers (6 Macs and 1 IBM compatible) are available for Internet searching or word processing. Personal laptops can be used in the library on the wireless network.

Listening and viewing equipment are available in the library. We have facilities to play streaming services, CDs and DVDs.


Reference Services

A Music Reference Librarian is available most hours to answer your questions in the library. You may submit a question via email to a VanderCook reference librarian
Please allow up to two business days for a response. We will try to answer your question as soon as possible. Send email.

if you need extra help, a reference interview with the librarian is recommended. To schedule a reference interview, send email to the Music Librarian. Be sure to include a list of times you are available.

Online Authentication Service

Ruppel Library now uses an authentication service called OpenAthens to provide access to our online content.  This eliminates the need to maintain multiple username/password combinations to access various resources.  New students will receive an email from OpenAthens each semester inviting them to set up their account.  If you have any trouble setting up your account, please notify the librarian and your account will be reset.

Borrowing From Other Libraries

Inter-Library Loan

Ruppel Library patrons may borrow materials from libraries around the country through Inter-Library loans.  The WorldCat tool provides full search capabilities from this pool of library resources.  Requests may be submitted within the WorldCat link, or a citation may be mailed to the librarian who will then determine the quickest way to access the item in question.  Items can include books, audio CDs, journal articles, and more.  You can read more about that in the following link:


Please see the librarian for more information if you have any specific needs.

Galvin Library (Illinois Institute of Technology)

Ruppel Library patrons have full borrowing privileges at Illinois Institute of Technology’s Galvin Library, situated on the same campus, within two blocks of VanderCook College of Music. This large research library provides access to print and electronic resources in the humanities, math, sciences, education and psychology.

Galvin Library Website

Harold Washington Library Center (Chicago Public Library)

Ruppel Library patrons are encouraged to visit Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Public Library’s main building. Harold Washington has an extensive music collection (8th floor) and is accessible to the general public. Chicago residents and most Illinois residents can obtain Chicago Public Library borrower cards (bring two forms of identification, including U.S. mail to an Illinois address).

Harold Washington Library Website

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The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

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