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Finding scores: Overview

If you cannot find a specific song using the Oviatt catalog, you can search in World Cat--we may have a song book, or you can request a title using Interlibrary Loan.

You can also search in LA Public Library's Song Index and if you have a song emergency, they can fax the music to the closest branch. Remember to ask a librarian if you have trouble tracking something down.

Finding scores in the catalog

Use the catalog to find books, scores, CDs, DVDs, or individual journals. It's best to use the Advanced Search:

This search is limited to scores of symphonies by Mozart and here is an example of a result:

Scores have "uniform titles," because most pieces of music have titles or nicknames in multiple languages and a uniform title is a way to connect all of the variations. For example, you may not find the Moonlight Sonata under that name, but if you know the opus number (op. 27 no. 2), you will find what you need.  The University of Michigan has a very thorough guide to uniform title here and you can apply those same strategies to our catalog.

It's important to note the location and status of Library materials. This particular score is available. You can send a text message to yourself that includes all of the details, so that you don't have to write down anything.

Music & Media has a few locations for scores, including stacks, miniature, and folio (oversized).

If a score or book has a Stored location, you can place a hold on it and pick it up at Guest Services on the first floor:
Click on the Request button and provide your Portal ID and password.

The score will be held until the library closes that day.