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 and Metadata Librarian

    Since the summer of 2013, Molly has been Media Librarian, responsible for cataloging A/V material.  In 2016, she added Metadata to her title, working to implement a digital repository in the Library.  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.  After work, enjoys playing Irish flute at local traditional music sessions.

  • Darryl Hartshorne

    Circulation Manager

    Originally from Canada, Darryl has been a member of the Curtis library staff since 2002.  An active free-lance bassoonist, he studied bassoon performance at the University of Cincinnati, McGill University, and received his B.Mus. from the University of Alberta.  He also holds an M.Mus. from Temple University where he studied with famed Philadelphia Orchestra bassoonist Bernard Garfield.  He is a member of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the PA Ballet Orchestra, and the Kennett Symphony Orchestra, and frequently subs with other local ensembles, including the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra.

  • 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.

  • Kristina Wilson


    Kristina joined the Curtis staff in 2016 and, as the Archivist, is responsible for collecting, preserving, and promoting the use of Curtis’s permanent historical records.

    She holds a Master’s degree in Archives and Records Management (International) from University College London and undergraduate degrees in history, French, and international studies from Penn State University.  Prior to coming to Curtis, she was the assistant archivist at the Chubb Group and a project archivist at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Kristina holds professional memberships in both local and national archival organizations.

    In her spare time Kristina enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, and conquering The New York Times crosswords. Of course, being an archivist, she has two cats.