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Music Library Expansion

Joyner Library and Joyner’s Advancement Council are raising funds to renovate, expand, and revitalize the Music Library. Our goal is to secure a minimum of $150,000 in private funding that will combined with other revenue sources to complete this revitalization project.

Your contribution to this important project will impact not only ECU students, faculty, and staff, but music lovers throughout the region.

Naming Opportunities

Music Library Naming Opportunities

The Music Library as a whole is available for naming. Leave your legacy at ECU by naming this outstanding facility that directly impacts the lives of students, faculty, staff, and music enthusiasts throughout eastern NC. - $500,000

Research Stations will be available for student and computer work. - $1,500 per station

Individual Study Carrels. These larger carrels were designed specifically to meet the needs of School of Music students. - $2,500 each

Named Collections are available throughout the Music Library. Contact us for a list that matches your interest. - $10,000 each

Another space naming opportunity includes the Student Technology Station - a resource center where students will be able to photocopy, scan, or email sheet music or other material needed for course studies. This center is crucial for student academic and performance success. - $15,000

Another exciting addition includes a Group Listening/Viewing/Study Room - a feature the Music Library has never had, but one that is a staple in other music libraries. The new room will allow groups of students to listen and dialog in preparation for listening exams and work together on projects. - $25,000

A Quiet Study Room with 14 individual study carrels will be a vital new aspect of the renovation. A recent ethnographic study of patron activities in the Music Library revealed the need for more quiet study space. - $50,000

The Circulation Desk serves as the primary point of service for students and faculty who need assistance. Music librarians or staff members are always available at the Service Desk to answer questions, assist with music related research, or offer assistance with technology needs. - $100,000

The Music Library and Its History

A department of J.Y. Joyner Library and its only branch, the Music Library is located on the first floor of the A.J. Fletcher Music Center. This gem in the musical crown of eastern North Carolina is the largest music collection east of Raleigh and it celebrated its 40th anniversary as a department of Joyner Library on July 1, 2014. As such, it has grown from its original purpose of serving the educational mission of East Carolina University’s School of Music to serving the needs of music lovers, performers, and educators from all parts of the eastern North Carolina region, while continuing its primary focus on the needs of East Carolina University students, faculty, and staff, particularly the School of Music and the School of Theatre and Dance.

The Music Library is home to Joyner’s entire audio recording collection as well as the music-related portion of its video recording collection. In addition to these media collections the library owns collections of music scores, books, journals, microforms, and computer software dealing with every musical style and genre from classical to rock to reggae. The library also provides a computer/listening lab, study space, audio and video dubbing service and music reference assistance (including regularly scheduled reference desk service and on-demand service during hours the reference desk is unstaffed.) 

Revitalizing the Music Library

While the Music Library’s primary mission is to serve the ECU community, as a state institution its reach extends to music educators, performers (both musical and dance), and music lovers throughout eastern NC.  These patrons visit the Music Library because it is the largest music collection east of the Triangle and offers so much more than other libraries with regard to music.  In other words, the Music Library is special and fills an important role within the cultural community of Eastern NC!

The collection passed the 100,000 volume mark in July 2014 and averages approximately 70,000 patrons each year!  This growth of the collection came as a result of a number of quality gift-in-kind donations of library materials.  Your financial support is now needed to fund a campaign that will revitalize the facility itself.

Please contact us if you have questions or wish to discuss your gift to the Music Library:

Heather White (
Jan Lewis (
(252) 328-6514