The Cypress Branch Library is home to Orange County Public Libraries’ music collection, and it’s the largest public repository of historical sheet music in the county. It features more than 5,000 books and 4,000 individual scores, encompassing more than 50,000 song titles.
The books mostly contain 20th century music, but some individual scores date back to the mid-1800s. You can browse the books on the shelves, while librarians research and photocopy, as needed, older sheet music.
Access bonus: A sizable sampling of older songs are available online. The digital reproductions of the sheet-music cover illustrations are historically gawk-worthy.