Unplugged: A Music Lending Library


Guitars ♫ Ukuleles ♫ Sheet Music ♫

Need sheet music for an audition? Want to learn how to play an instrument but want to try it out before purchasing it? Your friends know how to strum a ukulele and you want to learn too?  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, and sheet music for check out. With your Yorba Linda Library card you can start your musical journey or continue on the path to music nirvana by borrowing an acoustic guitar or ukulele for six weeks. 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 an Instrument

    1. Choose
    Right-handed acoustic guitar
    Left-handed acoustic guitar


    2. Check out
    • Only current Yorba Linda Library cardholders with less than $5 in fines and with a current address on file may borrow an instrument.
    • Only borrowers over the age of fourteen (14) can check out an instrument on his or her account.
    • Only one instrument may be checked out per card.
    • Instruments check out for six (6) weeks and are non-renewable.


    3. Enjoy!
    • Instrument Kit includes: instrument, carrying case, instrument strap, tuner, instruction booklet, and instruction DVD.



    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 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

    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


    A History of American Classical Music by Barrymore Laurence Scherer
    This richly detailed narrative tells the stories of America’s classical composers, set against significant events in American history.
    Location: 781.6809 SCHE


    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


    Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal by Ian Criste
    The definitive history of the first 30 years of heavy metal, containing over 100 interviews with members of Black Sabbath, Metallica, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, Slipknot, Kiss, Megadeth, Public Enemy, Napalm Death, and more.
    Location: 781.66 CHRI


    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 Art of Writing Great Lyrics by Pamela Phillips Oland
    Full of creative exercises, writing do’s and don’ts, and proven success tips in one indispensable volume.
    Location: 782.42164 OLAN


    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


    Swingin’ Sounds with Saxophonist Rob Verdi

    Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m.

    Revisit the exciting sounds of the swing era including classics from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and others with local Yorba Linda resident and Disneyland Saxophonist Rob Verdi.


    Opera Talk: Tosca

    Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m.

    A representative from the L.A. Opera will conduct a presentation exploring the world of opera. A fiery prima donna is forced to play a role she never imagined when she becomes trapped between her allegiance to her rebel lover and the scheming of a treacherous police chief who will stop at nothing in his lust for her. The explosive conflict between these three unforgettable characters comes to a hair-raising conclusion in one of opera’s bloodiest, most intense dramas.


    An Afternoon of Good Vibrations: Beach Boys Tribute Band

    Saturday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m.

    And we’ll have fun, fun, fun listening to the beloved sounds of the Beach Boys as performed by Woodie and the Longboards, a Beach Boys tribute band.


    An Afternoon of Bluegrass

    Saturday, August 19 at 2:00 p.m.

    Join us for an afternoon of heartfelt and foot-stomping music featuring a mix of Bluegrass, Americana, and Old Time music with the band Big Bad Rooster.