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Finding Lead Sheets, Fake or Real Books, and Scores: Home

Due to the complexity of organizing sheet music, we have designed a variety of ways to search for songs, books, and scores. This guide includes different ways to search. You might have to try different strategies to find what you're looking for.

  • Augmented Search: Try this first as it combines a large amount of our collection together. The augmented search is located on our homepage, and you can click on the tab for search strategies.
  • Lead Sheet SearchesThese allow you to search for specific songs or artist/genre anthologies inside fake, real, and lead sheet books that might not show up in a catalog or augmented search. Select this tab to learn about the different ways to use this search tool.
  • eScores: Most of our scores are only available in print. But there are some websites and databases where you can search for electronic sheet music. Select this tab for links to these resources.
  • Call Numbers: Due to copyright restrictions, nearly all of our sheet music is only available in print and is organized on our shelves by call number, an organizational coding system. Select this tab for a instructions on how to read a call number in order to find your item on the shelf. 

- Enter your search terms (e.g. artist & song title) 

- If there are multiple words in the song title, place the words in "quotes" so that the search finds the full song title, rather than individual words.

- add the phrase: ("lead sheet" or "fake book" or "real book") to your search if you're looking for lead sheets or fake books.

- Results include more than just sheet music.

- Scroll down to the "Limit To" section on the left and select "Music Scores Only" to narrow the search to just sheet music.

limit to music scores only

- Select an item from your narrowed search.

- Look for the song title in the "Content Notes" to confirm it is in the book.

content notes

- Note the Location and Call Number to find it on the shelf.

location and call number

Not every song is listed in the catalog entries for genre and artist anthologies, so we have a separate search tool to capture the items located in fake, real, or lead sheet books that the other search tools might have missed.

***Be sure to note the "Call Number" in order to find it on the shelf***

Most of our scores are only available in print. However, here are some websites and databases where you can search for electronic sheet music. Hover over the info icon to read descriptions.


Our libraries organize physical items using the Library of Congress Classification system. Items are organized by subject, genre, author, and date and given a "Call Number" in order to shelve similar items together and provide a way for you to find items on the shelf. Here are some important tips on how to read a call number.



Title: 200 of the Best Songs from Jazz of the 50s

Call Number: MP1630.28 .A124

1. Call numbers include letters, whole numbers, and decimal points.

2. Read each section of a call number in order from left-to-right or top-to-bottom.

3. Each section is separated by a decimal point

4. Letters indicate a subjects or author and are organized alphabetically (e.g. ML before MP)

5. Whole numbers (e.g. 1630) are before a decimal point and organized numerically (e.g. 16 is before 1630)

6. Numbers after a decimal point are read as decimal numbers and organized numerically (e.g. .28 is before .3)

7. Some call numbers include a year at the end to identify different editions of the same title.


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