Today, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened the world’s largest library and archives devoted to rock and roll music. The Library and Archives is located in downtown Cleveland at the Center for Creative Arts on Cuyahoga Community College’s (Tri-C) Metropolitan Campus. The state-of-the-art structure is where library and archives professionals collect, preserve and provide access to primary and secondary resources relating to rock and roll history. A grand opening dedication will take place during the week of the 2012 Induction Ceremony on Monday, April 9.
Upon opening, students and music scholars were eager to explore the 22,500-square-foot Library and Archives' repository of materials relating to the history of rock and roll, including vast collections of books, periodicals, and commercial audio and video recordings, as well as hundreds of archival collections containing personal papers, business records, photographs, posters, audio and video materials. In keeping with the mixed-media content available, 11 multimedia workstations allow users to view and listen to recorded material and to conduct online research.
Visiting researchers now have access to never-before-seen materials, including the archival collections of some of popular music’s most significant figures, including Alan Freed, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, Milt Gabler, Mo Ostin, Joe Smith, Seymour Stein and Jerry Wexler. Extensive video footage of the Museum’s past events are also available, including Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, the American Music Masters series, the Hall of Fame series and the Songwriters to Soundmen series.
The Library and Archives is a green building that has been designed to meet the requirements of the United States Green Building Council’s LEED–Commercial Interior standards and is seeking LEED Silver Certification. This includes employing energy-saving devices and equipment, recycled materials and environmentally safe substances. Additionally, more than 90 percent of all waste generated during construction was diverted from landfills to recycling facilities.
The opening of the Library and Archives significantly expands the Rock Hall’s educational mission. It brings together a diverse community of people interested in learning more about rock and roll, and sharing their knowledge with others: scholars, teachers, students, fans, journalists and artists. Through conferences, symposia, and research opportunities for students and faculty, it will be the hub for the academic study of popular music. (pictured: students queue for new library cards)