Answered By: Darcy Gervasio
Last Updated: Jun 26, 2022     Views: 3242

The Library has over 6,000 recordings on vinyl discs (LPs).  Our LP record collection is located in the Music Collection on the First Floor of the Library. The Music Collection has turntables for playing LPs that can be used with headphones. There are also listening rooms in the Media Resource Center. You can check out headphones or ask to unlock a listening room at the Circulation Desk.

To search for an LP, you will need to look up the call number in the Library Discovery Search, find the LP on the shelf, and bring it to the Circulation Desk to check it out.

Call numbers for LPs begin with the word "Disc" and include the name of the record label, plus a number: 

e.g.: Disc Apple 519 or Disc RCA 237 or Disc Sera 60001.


LPs on shelves in the music collection.

To find a specific vinyl record, please use the Library Discovery Search

  1. Go to "Advanced Search" and select "Books/Media @ Purchase" as your search scope under "Search for."
  2.  Type the title, composer, or performer in the first search box. Select "title" or "author/creator" from the pulldown menu that says "Any field" to refine your search. (Composers and performers are both cataloged as "authors.")
  3. Under the "Material Type" menu, select "Sound recordings"
  4. Click "Search" to view your results.

screenshot showing advanced search for books/media, sound recordings, and example title "west side story"


  • In your results, you may need to click "See all versions" if there are multiple formats of the same recording in our collection. (For example, we may have the same album in vinyl and on CD.) 
  • Unfortunately, there is no way to limit results only to LPs, so you will see both CDs and LPs in your results. Pay attention to the call number to determine if it is an LP.  As mentioned above, LP call numbers start with "Disc," followed by the name of the record label and a number.

screenshot showing different results in discovery search and showing the call number that starts with Disc for LPs


Here's another way to tell if a sound recording is an LP: Click on the title of the item. In the "Details'" section, check the "Format" field. An LP should say "audio disc 33 1/3 rpm" or "audio disc: analog" under "Format". A CD will say "audio disc: digital" instead.

screenshot of result for West Side Story in discovery search with Format field highlighted

Once you've found an LP you want, write down the entire call number starting with the word "Disc."  Find the LP on the shelf in the Music Collection and bring it to the Circulation Desk to check it out!

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