I wish there was a better system for locating CDs in Herrick Library.
Thanks for your message. The CD collection is organized by Library of Congress call number, as the books in the collection are. The easiest way to find an item is to search it in the library catalog and then look for the number in the CD collection. Most of the popular (more recent) music is in MR1630.18 and special genres (e.g. reggae, bluegrass) are classified after the general popular music.
The hardest part for everyone is the size of the “spine” of the CD which makes it impossible for the label to be put on the spine, requiring each CD to be pulled out when you’re looking for a number on the disc.
We’ve ordered very little for this collection since so many people started getting their music online and saving it to their devices. We’d like to keep it the collection available, but don’t want to devote a lot of floor space to it. A display cabinet which would make the fronts of all the discs viewable would take up a lot of room for a static collection.
Hope this helps a little in terms of how to find the items that are there.
Thanks again for bringing your concern to our attention.