Music Library and Archive


Visitors and browsers are welcome during operating hours: Monday-Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Central Time. Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to Noon, Central Time.  The loan period is 90 days. Items may be renewed for one additional loan period unless they have been requested by another customer. Borrowers are charged a small handling fee to cover expenses (see below). There is an overdue fine of one cent per day per each piece of music (so if someone had a complete set with 20 parts that would be 20 cents a day).

The library does accept requests by phone or email. The library charges a small service fee since it is a private library.

General Information Letter 2024

The Chatfield Music Lending Library in Chatfield Minnesota is the only one of its kind in the world today. Dedicated to the preservation of our band musical heritage, the library has collected and cataloged more than 51,000 pieces, many of which are no longer in print.

The following link will assist you in using the “Collections” option under the “Advanced Search” tab.  First click the above “Search Online Catalog” blue button and then the advanced search tab and enter any of these collection names or abbreviations to assist you in your music search.


The music collection not only includes band music (the largest portion), but also dance band, sheet music, and numerous other categories.

The library is a non-profit organization, funded solely by memberships, fees, and donations.

Annual Library Membership Levels:

       ff    (Finale)      $250

       mf  (Encore)   $100

       mp (Intermezzo)  $75

       pp  (Overture)      $50

Library Lending Rates:

MEMBER INDIVIDUAL PARTS                $  7.00


MEMBER CONDUCTOR SCORES            $  9.00


MEMBER FULL SET                $25.00


Your generous donations can help us preserve this unique musical collection.  Gifts can also be given to the James Perkins Endowment Fund at the Rochester Area Foundation.  Go to Rochester Area Foundation for more information. The Chatfield Brass Band and Music Lending Library is designated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization for tax deduction purposes.