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Music: Books/E-books

includes composition, digital audio, digital music technology, electronic music, jazz, piano, recording arts, voice

Why Use Books?

Books are good for getting broad, deep information on your topic or on parts of your topic. See this table for further information about different formats of information.

Just Browsing?

Try these call numbers and headings if you'd like to browse what's on our shelves. Or use the online catalog (see information box to the right).

Books you can borrow (take home), known as the Circulating Collection, are located on the third floor.

Instrumental Music

Vocal Music


How to Locate a Book

Print books are shelved in the Library in an organized system according to call number. Not sure how to use a call number to locate a book on a shelf? Take a quick look at these short explanations:

How to Read Call Numbers (University System of GA)

How to Read Call Numbers (U. of AZ Libraries)

YouTube: How to Read A Library of Congress Call Number (U. of Arkansas Libraries) (2:46)

How Do I Use an E-book?

San Diego City College Library has thousands of electronic books (e-books) in its collection that are available anytime, anywhere.

E-books will appear along with print books when you do a regular search of the library catalog. Or you can search for e-books by themselves by using the tab for Online Books in the library catalog.

City College students, faculty, and staff can access these books from off-campus by entering their CSID and last name when prompted by an e-book link. 

**Remote Access Guidelines

Access to Library Resources from Off-Campus Locations

How the login system works: You are automatically eligible only if you are currently taking a class or teaching a class.

  • Students: When you click on a database link or an e-book, you will be prompted for your 10-digit student ID number and last name. Type in your last name exactly the way you are registered for classes (usually how it appears on your student ID card). You must be currently taking at least one City College class and have fully paid your tuition and fees in order to log in. If you are having problems with your login, please email

  • Staff: You are not automatically added to the system from PeopleSoft. To request a login, or if you are having problems logging in, email

  • Faculty: You are automatically added to the system from PeopleSoft if you are teaching in the current semester/session. If your status is different, or you are having problems with your login, please email

Common issues: 

  • Some databases require that your browser be set to accept all cookies.

  • Security software may interfere with a database's user authentication protocol. You may have to temporarily disable it in order to connect to a database.

Find Books and e-Books

Click the SDCCD Books + tab below to find books in San Diego City College Library. We have over 60,000 print books in our Circulating Collection, located on the third floor. We also have over 90,000 electronic books. 


Can't find it here? Try another library.   Both the city and the county public library systems offer free library cards for California residents, so get one (or both) today! You'll then be able to borrow from many other institutions using The Circuit-- click here for details. 

Key Terms to Try

Here's a sampling of music-related terms found in the library catalog:

  • Audio
  • Digital music
  • Jazz
  • Music
  • Singing
  • Sound

Books in the Spotlight!

San Diego City College Library has over 60,000 books in its Circulating Collection, located on the third floor. We also have over 28,000 electronic books. Use the library catalog to find books in both our print and electronic collections. Here are some examples from our collection; click the links below to check on their availability.

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