Answered By: Brendan Higgins
Last Updated: Apr 14, 2020     Views: 91

Since the physical library is closed, we unfortunately cannot access our print collection of fake books and lead sheet books. Fortunately there are some lead sheets accessible online. Here are some steps to take to find specific songs. 

  1. First, search our Lead Sheet Search engine for a specific song. Make a note of which fake books that the song is listed in.
  2. Open a new window and browse the Internet Archive's Fake Book Library Collection for any of the fake books listed in your previous search. Double check the table of contents to verify if the song is listed in that book and to find the page number. 
  3. Some notes about this collection:
    1. These books are the unpublished predecessors to the versions the library owns, so there may be slight differences to the songs available in them.
    2. If you cannot find the song you are looking for, check some other books listed here. We suggest the "Colorado Cookbook" and "Jazz Fakebook".
    3. Note that, due to the unpublished nature of these books, inaccuracies in the transcription are possible.