Patrick Maxfield (1955-2013)
The NEC Library mourns the loss this month of its dear friend and colleague Patrick Maxfield '79, devoted staff member for over 30 years. His contributions to the life of NEC during that time were extraordinary. Patrick worked tirelessly to build the library collections and oversaw the processing and cataloging of their rich contents. He trained and mentored a generation of library staff members, inspiring them to the highest level of service. He will be remembered by all who knew him for his deep love for this institution and his total dedication to its mission. For more information about Patrick's life, click
NEC Libraries – Hours between Finals and Summer School
Monday, May 20 through Friday, May 24: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 25: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 26: Closed
Monday, May 27: Closed (Memorial Day)
Tuesday, May 28 through Friday, May 31: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 1: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Firestone Library only)
Sunday, June 2: Closed
Monday, June 3: Summer hours begin:
Mondays through Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Evenings, Saturdays, Sundays: Closed
**Please note: Firestone Library will be open until 8:00 p.m.
Mondays through Thursdays, June 10 through July 25.
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Housed in the Harriet M. Spaulding Library and the Idabelle Firestone Audio Library, NEC holds one of the major music collections in the United States, including over 150,000 volumes of scores, sound and video recordings and books about music, as well as subscriptions to all of the major music journals and electronic music databases. In addition, the library archives and special collections boast a rich treasure of manuscripts, 1st editions, personal papers and recorded performances of many of the great composers and musicians who have taught and performed at NEC over the past 142 years.
All members of the NEC community with a current validated NEC ID may borrow scores and books from the library collections. Visitors from outside NEC are welcome to use print materials in the reading room of Spaulding Library or to use audio/visual materials in the Firestone Library. During the academic year, the libraries are open seven days a week and evenings from Sunday through Thursday. Reference help is available in both libraries during weekdays and is also available most evenings at the Spaulding Library Reference Desk.