Music Lending Library

Guitars ♫ Ukuleles ♫ Sheet Music ♫  Record Players

Vinyl Records

Have a gig this weekend? Want to learn how to play the guitar or ukulele? Need sheet music for an audition? Want to experience the mystique of listening to a vinyl record on one of our record players? Then our music lending library is the spot for you!

The Yorba Linda Public Library is fostering a love of music through the availability of acoustic guitars, ukuleles, sheet music, record players, and vinyl records.  With your Yorba Linda Library card you can start your musical journey or continue on the path to music nirvana. Once you have an instrument on hand, learn to play a new song whether it is from your favorite new artist, a classical composer, or a favorite oldie with our sheet music collection.

“Music is the universal language of mankind.” ~ Henry Wadworth Longfellow

How to Borrow

How to Borrow

1. Choose
Right-handed acoustic guitar
Left-handed acoustic guitar
Record Player
Vinyl Records


2. Check out
• Instruments are on loan for a six (6) week period.
Instrument Kit includes: instrument, carrying case, tuner, instruction booklet, and instruction DVD.
• Record players and vinyl records are on loan for a three (3) week period.


Loan Policy:
• Must have a current Yorba Linda Public Library card.
• Only borrowers over the age of fourteen (14) can check out an instrument or record player on their account.
• Instruments check out for six (6) weeks. Record players check out for three (3) weeks and both are non-renewable.
• Vinyl records check out for three (3) weeks and are renewable up to four (4) times; five (5) records can be checked out per card of any age.
• Cardholder must be in good standing (with less than $5 in fines on their library card).
• Only one instrument may be checked out per card.


Musical Instrument Lending Agreement

Thank you to California State Library Services and Technology Grant for providing the funding for Unplugged: A Music Lending Library!

Free Online Music

Free Online Sheet Music

Archive of Popular American Music
The UCLA Music Library’s Archive of Popular American Music is a research collection covering the history of popular music in the United States from 1790 to the present.

Historic American Sheet Music
The Historic American Sheet Music Project provides access to digital images of 3,042 pieces from the collection, published in the United States between 1850 and 1920.

International Music Score Library Project
A virtual library containing public domain classical music scores and/or sheet music, as well as scores from composers who are willing to share their music without charge.

OC Public Libraries Historical Sheet Music
OC Public Libraries has digitized and made available for free a selection of sheet music published before 1923.

The Mutopia Project offers sheet music editions of classical music for free download.

19th Century California Sheet Music Project
A virtual library of some 2,700 pieces of sheet music published in California between 1852 and 1900.

Library of Congress Digital Sheet Music Resources

African American Sheet Music
Selected from the Brown University Collection, 1,305 sheet music titles which illuminates in a direct, vivid, and dramatic way many aspects of American culture and society from the 1850s to the 1920s.

Civil War Sheet Music Collection
The Civil War Sheet Music Collection at the Library of Congress consists of over 2,500 pieces culled from the Library’s collections. This collection is unique in that it offers a contemporary perspective from both sides of the conflict, unfiltered by generations of historical interpretation.

Historic Sheet Music Collection
This sheet music collection consists of approximately 9,000 items published from 1800 to 1922, although the majority is from 1850 to 1920.

Music for the Nation
Collection consists of over 47,000 pieces of sheet music registered for
copyright during the years 1870 to 1885. Included are popular songs,
piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra.

World War I Sheet Music
From 1914 through 1920 the Library of Congress acquired over 14,000 pieces of sheet music relating to what ultimately became known as the First World War.

Yiddish American Popular Sheet Music
Consists of 1,341 of Yiddish American songs with the majority originated within Yiddish Theater.

Books and DVDs

Books and DVDs

Music the Definitive Visual History published by DK Publishing
A guide to the history of music and instruments begins in prehistoric times and progresses through all eras throughout the world and includes background music theory and advances in technology.
Location: 780.9 MUSI

The Encyclopedia of Country Music: The Ultimate Guide to Music by compiled by the staff of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Covers the important figures, trends, and forms of country music throughout its history–from the Carter Family of the 1920s to Taylor Swift and Keith Urban today.
Location: 781.642 ENCY

Jazz by Gary Giddins & Scott DeVeaux
History of jazz that explains what jazz is, where it came from, and who created it and why, all within the broader context of American life and culture. Emphasizing its African American roots, Jazz traces the history of the music over the last hundred years.
Location: 781.65 GIDD

A Short History of Opera by Donald Jay Grout and Hermine Weigel Williams
A Short History of Opera examines not only the standard performance repertoire, but also works considered important for the genre’s development. Its expanded scope investigates opera from Eastern European countries and Finland with a chapter dedicated solely to the United States.
Location: 782.109 GROU

The Story of the Blues by Paul Oliver
Featuring over 200 vintage photographs and a new introduction by the author, the engaging, informative volume brings to life the African American singers and players who created this rich genre of music as well as the settings and experiences that inspired them.
Location: 781.643 OLIV

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonce by Bob Stanley
Presents an encyclopedic history of pop music, from Bill Haley & the Comets’ 1954 hit, “Rock Around the Clock” to Beyoncé’s first huge hit in 2003, “Crazy in Love,” touching on all the groups and genres in between.
Location: 781.6409 STAN

Learn to Play . . .

Learn to Play the Piano and Keyboard by Nick Freeth
No previous musical knowledge necessary – this book contains everything you need to start playing. Expert advice to help you to select the piano or keyboard that is right for you. Shows how the keys are fingered, and helps you to develop your manual dexterity and coordination.
Location: 786.2193 FREE

Learn to Play the Ukulele: A Simple and Fun Guide for Complete Beginners by Bill Plant and Trisha Scott
This book will teach readers basic playing techniques for the ukulele. No prior musical experience is assumed. They will learn how to hold the instrument and position the hands, strumming techniques, basic chords and more.
Location: 787.89 PLAN

Clarinet for Dummies by David Etheridge
Want to play the clarinet? No problem! This hands-on guide teaches you all the fundamental techniques you need to play this popular woodwind alone or in a group setting.
Location: 788.62 ETHE

Progressive Complete Learn to Play Bass Manual by Stephan Richter
Complete Teach Yourself Bass Manual is suitable for beginners as well as for bass players who want to improve their skills. No previous knowledge of bass guitar playing or music is required.
Location: 787.87 RICH

Harmonica for Dummies by Winslow Yerxa
Presents information on the structure of the harmonica and describes techniques for breathing, relaxing, and counting time, forming chords and melodies, mastering songs, and playing with a band.
Location: 788.82 YERX

Alfred’s Basic 5 String Banjo Method by Dan Fox
Alfred’s Basic 5-String Banjo Method 1 continues the Alfred Music tradition of easy-to-use, thorough, and enjoyable instruction for the absolute beginner. The basics of right-hand picking are covered, including pinches, different kinds of rolls, and backup patterns.
Location: 787.88 FOX

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Playing Drums by Michael Miller
Covers the history of drumming, different drum types, how to care for them, and basic skills and tips for playing different types of music.
Location: 786.9 MILL

Violin for Dummies by Katharine Rapoport
Presents a guide to playing the violin, with information on how the violin works, holding positions, and musical notes, chords, and scales, along with tips for caring for the instrument and finding a teacher.
Location: 787.2 RAPO

Absolute Beginners Alto Saxophone by Steve Tayton and George Taylor
Learning to play saxophone is now easier than ever before! The Absolute Beginners course has been designed to teach you everything you need to know from the very first time you pick up your sax.
Location: 788.7 ABSO

Create and Write Music

6 Steps to Songwriting Success: The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs by Jason Blume
Presents a surefire step-by-step approach to mastering the elements consistently found in hit songs.
Location: 782.4213 BLUM

The Songwriting Sourcebook: How to Turn Chords into Great Songs by Rikky Rooksby
Most people who want to write songs want to write them for guitar. With this handbook, anyone can do it– even if they’ve never played a guitar. Well known songs are used to illustrate the four main building blocks of a song.
Location: 782.4213 ROOK

101 Songwriting Wrongs and How to Right Them: How to Craft and Sell Your Songs by Pat and Pete Luboff
Much more than a boiled-down list of do’s and don’t’s, this 101-chapter book by platinum-selling songwriters Pat and Pete Luboff is an enthusiastic and encouraging guide to the craft of combining music and lyrics.
Location: 782.42164 LUBO

How to Read Music by Mark Phillips
Covers the basics of how to read music, discussing pitch, rhythm, meter, and symbols and words found in musical notation.
Location: 781.423 HOW

Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio by Mike Senior
Discover how to achieve release-quality mixes, even in the smallest
studios, by applying power-user techniques from the world’s most
successful producers.
Location: 621.3893 SENI

The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing by Randall D. Wixen
In this simplified guide, Wixen, who owns a music publishing administration firm and lectures on the topic, explains how music publishing works, from the basics of copyrights to finding legal representation.
Location: 070.5794 WIXE


Learn to Play Acoustic Guitar
Learn what you need to know about acoustic guitar to get playing right away. Jessica Baron has more than 45 years of guitar experience, and is the founder of Guitars in the Classroom. She also co-authored the highly successful MusicMakers curriculum for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Learn beginning acoustic guitar in 34 sessions with more than seven hours of instruction from Jessica, and save hundreds of dollars on guitar lessons.
Location: DVD 787.87

Learn to Play Electric Guitar
Learn to play beginning electric guitar and learn what you need to know to get you playing immediately. With years of guitar and teaching experience, Chris Liepe will have you playing in no time with his proven teaching style.
Location: DVD 787.87

Hal Leonard Ukulele Method
Acclaimed performer and uke master Lil’ Rev teaches the basics of the ukulele and explains tuning, single-note melodies, chords and strumming, and gives practice tips.
Location: DVD 787.89

Play Piano in a Flash!
Watch ‘The Piano Guy’ turn what viewers think about learning to play piano on its ear, and get ready for the time of one’s life! This terrific video contains not only the same hour-long special seen by millions on PBS, but also an additional hour and 20 min. of bonus material never seen on TV! Learn how to have fun playing favorite tunes at the piano using the same approach that professionals use.
Location: DVD 786.2

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events


Musical Journey Around the World

Saturday, August 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy an international blend of music with the bistro-jazz quartet Les Zazous.  A wide range of popular music wil be performed in an authentic styling including French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Catalan.  Performers will not only wow you with their musical talents, but will mix in interesting snippets and amusing anecdotes about the various music styles.