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Have a gig coming up soon? 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.

Instruments

About the Instruments

The Library has acoustic guitars, electric guitars, tambourines, djembe drums,  and ukuleles available for check out. Instrument kits include: instrument, carrying case, tuner, instruction booklet, and instruction DVD.

Instruments available

Borrowing an Instrument

  • Patrons 14 and older with a Yorba Linda Public Library card in good standing can check out a musical instrument.
  • Instruments check out for six (6) weeks and are non-renewable.
  • Only one musical instrument can be checked out at a time per card.
  • Fines and Fees: A fee of $2 per day will be charged if an instrument is overdue.
  • A replacement fee of up to $300 for acoustic guitars, $385 for banjos, $275 for electric guitars, $215 for keyboard kits, $160 for djembe drums$100 for ukuleles, and $70 for tambourines, will be charged if the instrument or any of the items included in the kit are damaged or lost.

Record Players & Vinyl

About the Record Player

The Library has two Crosley Cruiser 3-speed portable turntable record players available to borrow. This briefcase-styled record player is lightweight and easily transported.

Borrowing a Record Player

  • Patrons 14 and older with a Yorba Linda Public Library card in good standing can check out a record player.
  • Record players check out for three (3) weeks and are non-renewable.
  • Only one record player can be checked out at a time per card.
  • Fines and Fees: A fee of $2 per day will be charged if an record player is overdue.
  • A replacement fee of up to $70 will be charged if the record player or any of the items included in the kit are damaged or lost.

About Vinyl Records

  • The Library has vinyl records to fit your every mood. With a wide variety of genres and artist represented our vinyl collection will hit a high note every time.

Borrowing Vinyl Records

  • Vinyl records check out for three (3) weeks and are renewable four (4) times.
  • 15 vinyl records can be checked out at a time per card.
  • Patrons with an active Yorba Linda Public Library card and who are in good standing can check out a vinyl records.
  • Fines and Fees: A fee of $.20 will be charged if a vinyl record is overdue.
  • Patron is responsible for the cost of the vinyl record if one is damaged or lost.

Sheet Music

Sheet music for a wide range of instruments, skill levels, and charts can be found in our sheet music collection.

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.

Mutopia
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.

Upcoming Events

BYOI: Ukulele
Wednesdays, March 6, March 20, April 3, April 17 
7:00 p.m.
Bring Your Own Instrument (BYOI) and learn the basics of playing ukulele with instructor Jack Ehlers from Uke Life. Attendance is limited to the first 15 adults. Adults 18+. This program is sponsored by a California Library Services and Technology Act grant.

Ukulele for Beginners
Tuesday, March 12
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Come learn how to play the ukulele for free with instructor Jack Ehlers from Uke Life! This program is for teens, ages 13+.

Opera Talk: The Clemency of Titus
Thursday, March 14
7:00 p.m.
Join us for an interactive presentation by one of L.A. Opera’s Community Educators! The most powerful civilization in the world falls vulnerable to the machinations of power players seeking glory. In a drama marked by shifting layers of morality and loyalty, Mozart’s unmistakable love for humanity shines through in his glorious and endlessly inventive music. Russell Thomas stars as the imperiled leader whose generosity and compassion point the way to a brighter future. This event is sponsored by The Friends of the Yorba Linda Public Library and provided in partnership with the L.A. Opera.

Opera Talk: La Traviata
Thursday, May 9 
7:00 p.m.
Join us for an interactive presentation given by one of L.A. Opera’s Community Educators! In the giddy, glitzy world of the Roaring Twenties, a naive young man falls head over heels for a glamorous party girl. Together they trade the fast life for an idyllic love nest far from the city…until an unexpected visitor threatens to tear them apart. This event is sponsored by The Friends of the Yorba Linda Public Library and provided in partnership with the L.A. Opera.

Opera’s Greatest Hits
Saturday, May 25
2:00 p.m.
Enjoy a live opera recital featuring one of L.A. Opera’s performers and a pianist. This event is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.