Request digital audio reserves

Digital audio reserves allow faculty to provide their students 24/7 access to course listening. By providing links to streaming-only Google music player files through Canvas, students are able to listen to digital recordings of assigned works anytime on their phone, tablet, or computer. Access is restricted to students who are registered for the Canvas course. The files are streaming only and cannot be downloaded.


Digital audio reserves is a streaming-only service made available for CMU courses requiring library audio reserves.

Only CMU students registered for courses that include course listening will have access to digital audio reserves both on and off campus. Access is provided through Canvas. Streaming-only playlists in html format will be provided by the library to be inserted into Canvas by the course instructor or the music librarian if adequate recordings are not found in Classical Music LibraryNaxos Music Library, or Naxos Music Library Jazz.

All material placed on digital audio reserve must be owned by the University Libraries or owned by the course instructor. If the University Libraries does not own a recording the instructor would like to use, every effort will be made to purchase the recording. The instructor’s recording will only be used until the library copy arrives or if a comparable commercial recording is unavailable for purchase.

The University Libraries will not digitize commercially sold anthologies such as Norton in their entirety. Several music anthologies are available through Classical Music Library.

The University Libraries will digitize non-commercial compact disc compilations owned by an instructor that include complete track listing, artist, title, and source. However, data discs submitted in mp3 format are preferred. At the request of the instructor, a provided hard-copy of the original will also be placed on reserve so that students may listen in the library in the event of technical problems with the streaming digital audio reserves. Please allow extra time for processing personal compilations.

Digital audio reserves may only be created for works being taught in the course.

Access to digital audio reserves will be removed at the completion of the course.