January 19, 2022

New York City: “Queens Library Fills Void After Closure of City’s Last Sheet Music Store”

From dnaINFO:

The musical void left by the reported closure of New York’s last classical sheet music store is being filled by the Queens Library.

The institution has built the city’s largest collection of musical scores available to check out — a compilation that’s gained importance since the Frank Music Company, on West 54th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, closed earlier this month.

“We have everything,” said Jane Montalto, 66, a librarian with a master’s degree in music from Queens College who has managed the collection for more than two decades.


When Montalto first started working at the Queens Library in 1972, she said the collection, stored at the Central Branch in Jamaica, consisted of about 600 volumes.

But it grew over the years and currently boasts about 88,000 items, taking up the entire wall in the branch’s Media Center and dozens of shelves on the library’s lower level.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.