PROVINCIAL MUSIC LIBRARY
Although the Conservatory began its activity in 1980, it will take some years for the Library to begin its journey. In 1995, it began to control and manually catalogue the existing fund, which barely reached 700 volumes for six years, having to share the space with the Chemistry Library of the University of Castilla-La Mancha. This situation would change radically in the year 2001, with the great impulse given by the Provincial Council of Toledo to endow the Library with a position of full-time librarian and the allocation of a budget for the purchase of documents. This endowment has made possible the computerization of the bibliographic catalogue and access to the loan.
During these last years the bibliographic fund has experienced a remarkable increase; three listening stations have been installed; two computers connected to the internet which allow students to be connected to new technologies, and the Library has been strengthened as an information point for musical resources at the provincial level. Currently students also have wireless connection via wi-fi. For the cataloguing process, the library is equipped with a computer with a CD-ROM drive and its corresponding library management program (ABSYSNET), with a barcode reader and a laser printer.
Mainly the users of the library are the students and teachers of the Conservatory. Access is free, in order to make this library the musical reference of the province and the city of Toledo. Users who want to use the loan service must submit the card of the Red de Bibliotecas Públicas de Castilla-La Mancha.
The library is located on the 1st floor of the Conservatory's main courtyard. It has an area of 180 square metres and 267 metres of shelving, with capacity for 102 reading positions. The funds are distributed in two floors: musical and general monographs, magazines, catalogues and CDs, in the shelves of the lower floor; musical pedagogy and scores, in the shelves on the upper floor. It also has 3 listening stations with a CD player and 6 headphones; 2 computers with Internet connection; and 1 music channel..
• In the consultation room the user can directly access the monographs that are placed in the shelves classified by subject, but not the scores and sound material, which must be requested from the librarian. Similarly, the reader can make use of music and general information magazines and national newspapers.
• Catalogues: To have information on the documents available in the Conservatory Library , the user can access the OPAC of the Collective Catalogue of the Public Library Network of Castilla-La Mancha, where there is the possibility of searching by author, title, subject, series, Universal Decimal Classification (CDU), etc. In addition, there are several types of printed catalogues -authors and subjects- elaborated by musical specialties
• Loan: It is essential to present the reader card to access the loan service. Scores, sound records, magazines and videos are on loan for 7 days. For the monographs, the loan term is 21 days.
• Internet access: Information Search Service.
You can consult a large number of sheet music, sound records, books and encyclopaedias from the modern background. The old background is composed mainly of printed scores in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Constituted thanks to the selfless donations of individuals, such as the one made by the former director of the Conservatory, Antonio Benigno Celada Alonso, 206 scores, and above all, the one made by Elisa Romero, 401 scores from the bibliographic collection of her mother, Rosario Fernández-Huidobro, who was a guitar teacher at this Centre. 123 guitar scores of the first third of the nineteenth century stand out, many of them with the autograph of the author’s work. The bibliographical legacy of Mariano Fernández Merchán, former director of the band of the Provincial College of the Diputación de Toledo, in the 1930s,also belongs to this ancient collection. The oldest document in this library is not a musical work, but a manuscript of 1598, a performance of nobility, belonging to Nieves Bletran’s library, donated to this Conservatory. Thanks to the importance of this ancient fund, it has been published by a North American publisher, with prior authorization requested from the librarian, the work of the guitarist François de Fossa "Troisème fantaisie op.10 sur a theme by Beethoven". Work printed in the nineteenth century and whose only copy is in this Library.
• 3.885 Sheet music
• 891 Musical monographs
• 1.1334 General monographs
• 788 Sound recordings
Total number of copies 6.776
Monday to Friday from 4:00 p.m. at 9:30 p.m.
Except Christmas holidays and Easter and Summer holidays
Pedro Alcázar Casanova
Telephone: 925 211 020