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Jazz Resources in the Music & Recorded Sound Division...and Beyond: Circulating books and media

Circulating, non-circulating, and online resources related to jazz. Created by Jessica Wood, Assistant Curator of Music & Recorded Sound

Grab-and-go services to begin July 13

As of Monday, August 3, we have expanded our grab-and-go service to 30 library locations, following the initial reopening of 8 library locations on July 13. This service allows patrons to access a limited area of these branches to return materials and pick up holds. Reserve your items online or by phone and select the open branch you would like for pickup. You’ll receive an email when your items are ready, at which point your items will be automatically checked out to your account. You can then head to your selected branch for contactless pickup. Simply grab your items from the holds shelf—then go!

Learn more about this new service and how to prepare for your visit. Don’t forget your mask!

Searching for circulating books and media on jazz

To browse for circulating books, CDs, and DVDs related to jazz musicians and jazz history, follow these steps:

  • Head to the NYPL home page:
  • On the right-hand side of the screen, click on the word "search"


  • In the search box, type "jazz," or the name of a performer, ensemble, or sub-genre (such as swing or bebop)
  • Leave the bubble checked for "search the catalog"


  • On the next page, under "format," click book/text, music CD, etc. Your results will then be limited to just that format.
  • On the next page, under "collection," click "circulating." The resulting page will contain only items that can be checked out and taken home from the library.


  • Continue using the facets along the left hand side of the screen to further refine your results.
  • Once you've identified an item you'd like to check out, note the location of that item; or click to have the item sent to your preferred branch. 

Recommended e-books on jazz