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The Dorothy Starr Sheet Music Collection is a special collection of the San Francisco Public Library with over 300,000 pieces of music for choir and ensemble, opera scores, children's music, popular, folk and art songs. In its entirety, the Collection is much too vast and far too fragile for browsing.

Step One image  Search for popular songs and scores by looking in the Library's catalog. Some of these scores must be used in the Library; others may be available to borrow.

Step 2 image  Find popular songs on the popular songs page compiled by the staff of the Art, Music and Recreation Center.

Step 3 image  Search the Dorothy Starr Sheet Music Collection database for over 10,000 popular songs from the Collection. Make all requests in person at the Art, Music & Recreation Center on the fourth floor of the Main Library. Sheet music from the Collection may not be checked out, but may be used in the Library or photocopied for personal use.

If you are unable to come to San Francisco Public Library, consult with the interlibrary loan department of your local library. We cannot fax, mail or e-mail copies of sheet music or scores.

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