The Main Library, housed in the Seeley G. Mudd Center, is the central library facility for Oberlin College, and is the primary location for materials in the humanities and social sciences. It also houses interdisciplinary and or general interest works.
The music library is among the oldest and largest in any academic setting, with more than 270,000 items. Collections include nearly 80,000 sound recordings, 113,00 musical scores, 63,000 books, and 210 periodical titles.
In 2001, the college opened a spacious library within the Science Center devoted to astronomy, biochemistry, biology, botany, chemistry, geology, neuroscience, physics, and zoology. Also well represented are materials in agriculture, medicine, technology, science education, and the history and philosophy of science.
A visual feast for those who love art and the creative process, the Art Library has more than 100,000 books, exhibition catalogs, and bound periodicals, as well as about 250 journals. The collection covers architecture, painting, sculpture, prints and drawings, new media, photography, and the decorative arts.