ISM Choral Library

Choral Librarian: or 203-432-9671

Online catalog:

The Collection

Located in the Sterling Divinity Quadrangle, the ISM Choral Library houses more than 1,800 works ranging from early chant through to the 21st century. Materials are available to registered borrowers through the Choral Librarian’s office.

History of the Collection

The ISM Choral Library is a direct descendant of the Sacred Music Library at Union Theological Seminary. Many of the works housed in the library still bear the markings from UTS.

Library Policies 

Access and Fees:

  • The ISM choral library is open to Yale affiliates and representatives of local organizations who register with the ISM. Registration can be completed by e-mailing the Choral Librarian with the borrower’s name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and name of organization
  • Registration does not entitle borrowers to access to the library stacks. A registered borrower may request titles by sending a request to Allow five working days for the request to be processed
  • Priority for library materials is given to ISM performing groups
  • Library materials may not be marked with anything other than gray pencil. Before returning the materials, the borrower is responsible for erasing any markings
  • The ISM reserves the right to terminate borrowing privileges at any time

Borrowing and Circulation:

  • The initial loan period for students, staff, and non-Yale individuals is four weeks; faculty may borrow for a semester
  • The Choral Librarian reserves the right to recall materials at any time
  • Renewals must be requested on or before the due date. Borrowers may renew materials by e-mailing or by presenting the materials to the Choral Librarian
  • Borrowers with overdue materials are not permitted to check out additional materials. Borrowers may view their loan history and due dates by logging into the library software at http://ism.yale.insigniailsusacom/Library/Home
  • Loaned materials should be returned to the ISM, room N102


  • The library sends a notice by e-mail shortly before the due date and weekly thereafter
  • Borrowers are responsible for informing the library promptly of changes in e-mail addresses
  • Failure to receive a notice does not release the borrower from overdue fines
  • Fines are assessed beginning the day following the due date
    • Fines are $.50 per day per item, or $2.00 per day for recalled items
    • Materials unreturned one month after the due date are declared lost, and patrons will be billed for their replacement plus a $20 processing fee