1720The Curtis Institute of Music library is located in the Rock Resource Center at 1720 Locust Street. The collection contains more than one hundred thousand music scores, books, and recordings for study and performance. In addition the library collects manuscripts, gifts of music, and memorabilia of Curtis and people associated with it. To view the collection please visit Rock online catalog (ROC).



Mission and Vision


Comprised of the John de Lancie Library and the Curtis Archives, the Rock Resource Center’s mission is to 1) provide Curtis students, faculty, and staff with the best possible collection of printed music, books, periodicals, recordings, and electronic resources needed to fulfill the Institute’s mission, 2) promote the Center’s holdings through forward thinking and open patron service, and 3) preserve and make Curtis’s past accessible to the greater Curtis community.


The Rock Resource Center’s vision is to not only support, but hold an active role in achieving the mission of the Curtis Institute of Music. We will become a vital part of the Curtis community, remain aware of relevant library trends, adapt to changes in education and technology, and develop warm and inviting spaces that support the needs of our unique student body.




Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.



Address and Contact Info


Mailing Address:

Curtis Institute of Music Library
1720 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-893-5265
Fax: 215-717-3170
Email: library@curtis.edu


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Library Staff

  • Michelle Oswell

    Director of Music Library Information Resources

    Michelle, a member of the Curtis community since 2012, is the library administrator, orders print materials for the library collection and manages all electronic resources and the website.  Previously a music librarian at Rutgers University and Haverford College, Michelle holds the Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master’s in Library Science from Drexel University, and a Bachelor’s degree in music theory from the University of Delaware.

    Michelle no longer plays a modern orchestral instrument, but will play pretty much any early wind instrument you put in front of her.  When not tormenting her dog with high-pitched instruments, she enjoys reading classic literature and taking her dog, Callie, on hiking trips in the area.

  • Emily Butler

    Assistant Librarian

    Emily joined the Curtis library staff in 2009 as catalog librarian and transitioned to assistant librarian in the summer of 2013. She catalogs print materials, orders audio/visual materials for the library, and handles faculty textbook orders.  Emily holds a Master’s in Library Science from Drexel University, a Master’s in Music in trumpet performance from The Florida State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in music education from Syracuse University.

    When not at the library, Emily enjoys being the music director of the Hegeman String Band, a 10 time champion of the Philadelphia Mummers Parade, running, and experimenting with desserts in her very tiny apartment kitchen.

  • Molly O’Brien

    Media Librarian

    Since the summer of 2013, Molly has been Media Librarian, responsible for cataloging A/V material.  She holds a Master’s in Musicology and a Master’s of Library Science from the University at Buffalo.  Previously, she was metadata/catalog librarian and music bibliographer at Binghamton University and worked in the Music Library at the University of Louisville.  Molly has presented and serves on committees, both locally and nationally, related to music librarianship, music history, and digital preservation.  Molly enjoys playing the piano, French horn, and flute.  Of course, being a librarian, she has a cat.

  • Darryl Hartshorne

    Circulation Manager

    Originally from Canada, Darryl has been a member of the Curtis library staff since 2002.  He studied bassoon performance at the University of Cincinnati and McGill University and received his B.M. from the University of Alberta.  He also holds an M.M. in bassoon performance from Temple University.  In addition to being a member of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (where he also works as Orchestra Librarian and Assistant Personnel Manager), the PA Ballet Orchestra and the Kennett Symphony, he frequently subs with other local ensembles, including the Philadelphia Orchestra.

  • Helene van Rossum


    Helene, who grew up in the Netherlands, studied history at the University of Amsterdam and archive studies at the University of London. She worked in various archives in Oxford, England, before she moved with her family to  Princeton, New Jersey in 1995. Prior to becoming the archivist at the Curtis Institute of Music in October 2011, she worked part-time as special collections assistant and special projects archivist at Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University, which responsibilities she combined with children’s book writing and shadow puppetry workshops and performances at schools and libraries.

    Helene loves to find stories behind historical records and to use archival materials as educational tools. In her private time she enjoys reading and exploring music history and historical fiction.

  • Barbara Benedett

    Digital Archivist

    Barbara holds undergraduate degrees in Art History, Psychology, and Music Education and a M.M. in Clarinet Performance. Her private teachers include David Weber (NY Philharmonic) and Anthony Gigliotti (Philadelphia Orchestra). An advocate for arts education, Barbara has worked as a music teacher, administrator, and researcher. She has spoken in support of music education at conventions on the state and national level, including the 2008 National Convention of the Head Start Association. Additionally, Barbara co-authored a research study on the benefits of arts-based learning which was published in the January 2010 issue of Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

    Outside of the library, she freelances for area orchestras, theaters, and the occasional rock band.