The Orpheus Institute keeps its own specialized and discipline-specific library which favours works in music-theoretical, aesthetic, performance-oriented and (artistic) philosophical areas. The library catalogue currently contains about 4.500 books, scores and cd's.
The Orpheus library collection contains publications on themes as musical practice, execution of music, creativity, experiment, philosophy and aesthetics. The library also houses a collection of specialised journals, CD’s and scores. And of course, all publications of the Orpheus Institute, its researchers and graduate students are kept in the collection.
The library also has two special collections:
Fonds Johan Huys
The ‘Fonds Johan Huys’ is a donation from Johan Huys, chair of the board of governors of the Orpheus Institute and former principal of the Ghent Conservatory. As an organ player Johan Huys developed a specific interest in music and literature from the 18th and 19th century. The collection contains a number of original reference books from this period.
Fonds Gerard Corver
The ‘Fonds Gerard Cover’ is the legacy of philosopher Gerard Corver. Gerard Corver (1929-2009) was professor Philosophy at the University of Groningen. His main fields of expertise were philosophical anthropology, phenomenology and art history, with a personal interest for Kant, Cassirer and Adorno. During his life, he has gathered a significant collection of works on art philosophy and psychology. Over 750 books are now to be consulted in the Orpheus Institute library.