The Fine Arts Library, a branch of The University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin, contains the art and music collections and most of The University of Texas Libraries theatre and dance materials. Its collections support research and instruction in the School of Music and the Departments of Art and Art History, and Theatre and Dance. The Fine Arts Library collection includes more than 202,000 books and scores, 900 current serial subscriptions, 34,000 phonodiscs, 9,00 compact discs, 800 video cassettes and videodiscs, 4,500 reels of microfilm, and 24,000 microfiche.
The Art collection supports instruction and research for the four divisions of the Department of Art and Art History: art history, design, studio art, and visual studies. The collection includes materials on most art and design movements and schools, photography, and art education. Artists of most periods and nationalities and studies of their works are represented, as well as most media and techniques. Materials on Latin American art and artists are located in the Benson Latin American Collection.
The Music collection supports instruction and research in applied music, composition, ethnomusicology, music education, music theory, and musicology. Most historical periods and geographical areas are covered in both classical and popular idioms, through the emphasis is on western classical tradition. Music is represented in a wide variety of printed and recorded formats. Latin American music is collected at the Benson Latin American Collection.
The Theatre and Dance collection concentrated on performance, especially play production, theatrical design, playwriting, theater for children, and dance. Materials on other types of theatrical presentation such as magic, circuses, and pantomime are included. The Fine Arts Library holds texts of major play written originally in English or translated into English, with contemporary plays collected most heavily. While the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) also holds texts of plays in English and other languages, its emphasis is generally on plays as a literary form and on literary criticism. Education material, theater or dance, is purchased by the education bibliographer for PCL.
The Audio Visual Collection covers all the subject areas of the fine arts previously discussed here and includes the following formats: compact disc, phonodisc, audio tape, video cassette (VHS and U-matic), video disc, and DAT. CD-ROM and multi-media packages are also collected.
The Historical Music Recordings Collection, located at the Collections Deposit Library, houses more than 200,000 audio recordings. It actively collects older materials in formats no longer widely in use. It also preserves unique material regardless of either the date of publication or format. The collection is available by appointment only.