Note to the general public:


The collections that are indexed in this database belong to California library system reference centers and are used to provide the libraries in their systems with copies of sheet music requested by their patrons. The reference centers will not loan copies of sheet music directly to the public. The public can borrow copies of songs through their local library. Reference centers will loan copies of songs to any library under the conditions that are stated at the "who to contact" page.

In addition to being an index to song books in the collections of these reference centers, it is also an index to song books in general. If this song index identifies a book as containing the song that you are looking for, you may not need to contact one of the reference centers to obtain a copy. A library in your area may also own a copy of that book. It is also possible for your local library to borrow a copy of that book, or sometimes a copy of particular song in that book, from another library through interlibrary loan.

Who to contact to borrow copies of songs or song books

Below you will find contact information for the reference centers and libraries whose collections are indexed in this database.

Borrowers must comply with all copyright regulations.


North Bay Cooperative Library System:

55 E St.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone: (707) 544-0142, ext. 107
Fax: (707) 544-8411
E-mail: nbcreflt@sonic.net

Requests for songs by the general public in California should be made through their local public library. Public libraries in California may request items from North Bay Cooperative Library System through the system reference center that serves their region. Other system reference centers and libraries outside the state of California may request songs directly from the North Bay Cooperative Library System.


San Joaquin Valley Library System:

2420 Mariposa St
Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: (559) 488-3229
Fax: (559) 488-2965
E-mail: sjvis@sjvls.org

Requests for songs by the general public in California should be made through their public library. Public libraries can request items from SJVLS through their library system reference center. Requests from libraries outside the state of California can be made by contacting SJVLS directly.


North State Cooperative Library System:

1820 Mitchell Avenue
Oroville, CA 95966-5387
Attn: Brenda Crotts, Reference
Phone: (530) 538-7196
Fax: (530) 538-7235
E-mail: lib@buttecounty.net

  • Requests for songs from the general public in California should be made through the local library.
  • Libraries in California should submit song requests to the system reference center that serves their region.
  • Other system reference centers and libraries outside the state of California may request songs directly from the NSCLS Reference Center.

    BALIS / PLS / SVLS Systems Reference Center:
    (formerly South Bay Cooperative Library System)

    2471 Flores St.
    San Mateo, CA 94403-2273
    Phone: (650) 349-5538 x3047

    Requests accepted only from member libaries and California system reference centers.


    Black Gold Sheet Music Collection:
    maintained by the Santa Barbara Public Library System

    P.O. Box 1019
    Santa Barbara, CA 93102
    Phone: (805) 564-5633
    Fax: (805) 564-5660
    E-mail: cgallery@santabarbaraca.gov

    Requests for songs by the general public in California should be made through their local public library. Public libraries in California may request items from the Santa Barbara Public Library. Other system reference centers and libraries outside the state of California may request songs directly from the Santa Barbara Public Library.


    Fresno County Library Reference Department:

    2420 Mariposa St
    Fresno, CA 93721
    Phone: (559)488-3195

    Requests from other reference centers should be directed to the San Joaquin Valley Information Service. Requests from anyone else should be directed to the Reference Department of the Fresno County Public Library, 2420 Mariposa St., Fresno, CA 93721. Requests may also be made by phone (559-488-3195 choice 5) and by email. View fees for mailing and faxing copies.


    Inland Library System:

    3581 Mission Inn Avenue
    Riverside, CA 92501
    Phone: (951) 369-7995
    Fax: (951) 784-1158
    Email: ils@inlandlib.org

    California libraries may request songs through the System Reference Center serving their area. Members of the public should requests songs through their local public library. Libraries outside California may request songs directly from the Inland Library System. By requesting a song, it is assumed the requesting agency is in compliance with all Copyright laws.


    Tulare County Library:

    200 West Oak Avenue
    Visalia, CA 93291-4993
    Phone: (559) 733-6954
    Fax: (559) 737-4586
    Email: questions@tularecountylibrary.org

    Requests for songs by the general public should be made through their local library. Requests from libraries can be made to the Tulare County Library. Requests from other system reference centers should be directed to the San Joaquin Valley Information Service.


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