Sometimes it's nice just to browse through the music available in the library for a specific instrument. Unfortunately, doing so isn't very intuitive.
All the music in the library is arranged using the Library of Congress call number system. If you want to look up where a particular combination of instruments is shelved, you can look it up in a book with the bizarre title Library of Congress classification. M. Music. It's in the reference section: http://umaryland.worldcat.org/oclc/642511018
Over time you will likely learn where music for your own instrument is shelved just through experience.
In general, the arrangement is as follows:
M100-199: solo instrument
etc. up to:
M1000s are for large ensembles (orchestra, band)
M1495 and above is vocal music
See the list below for some commonly-used call number ranges
Double bass: M55-58
Solo with piano:
Double bass: M237-238
Two stringed instruments: M286-287
One stringed and one wind instrument: M290-M291
One stringed and one plucked instrument: M294-295
Piano trios (piano, violin or viola, and violoncello): M312
String trios: M349-353
String quartets: M452-454
String quintets: M550-M554
Solo instrument with orchestra:
Double bass: M1018
Did you know that there are two different interfaces to search the UMD Catalog?
There is the WorldCat interface you are probably familiar with:
And there is the Classic Catalog interface:
In order to search by call number and browse items that are on the shelf electronically you will need to use the Classic Catalog.
By using the Classic Catalog, you can narrow your search immediately to call numbers.
Here is what the search results look like when searching the call number range: M237-238: