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Beethoven Center Services

The Center is open to the public without charge. Although none of the Center's collections may be checked out of the library, visitors are welcome to use the materials in the open stacks during the Center's open hours without prior arrangements. Materials in the vault collections should be requested in advance from the Curator. To determine the location of materials, consult the Beethoven Gateway or contact the Curator. Some materials may not be available on Saturdays.

Reproduction services

Although none of the Center's materials may be checked out of the library, the Center does provide photocopy and scanning services of many materials on request. Please see our guidelines on fair use regarding photocopying of copyrighted materials. The Center does not have a photocopy machine in the reading room, so all requests will be handled by staff. Same-day service may not be possible depending on staff availability. The cost of photocopying is 25 cents per page.

For further information, see our pages on reproduction services and fees.


Much of the Center's collection is cataloged in the Beethoven Gateway, which is freely available online. Catalogs and inventories of sound recordings, videos, art materials, and ephemeral materials (e.g. concert programs and newspapers) are available in the Center but not online. To request a search for materials from these collections, contact the Curator.

Reference contacts

The Center's Curator is available by phone or email for reference assistance. During the Center's open hours, other staff may be available to assist you and answer questions. However, we recommend that you contact us in advance of your visit or make an appointment with the Curator if your research requires use of the rare collections.