Many musicians are already aware of the IMSPL - International Music Score Library Project - a site that shares links to scanned music scores in the public domain. While this site is very complete, including almost all of the standard repertoire of classical music, it has a few drawbacks. First, because of copyright laws very little contemporary music can be included. Second, it relies on older editions of works that are not always the best engraved or best edited editions of the works.
The Classical Scores Library created by Alexander Street Press is a subscription database that the San Francisco Public Library offers to our Library card holders. It holds more than 30,000 works in an online format that can be viewed and printed.
These scores are cataloged and can be found when performing a normal search of our online catalogs. An author search in our Bibliocommons for Brahms, Johannes produces 550 results.
Once a check mark is planted in the eBook box, your search is immediately filtered to online scores. Chose the links that say "View electronic book" or "Access restricted to subscribers" (we are subscribers - enter your library card and pin number).
You can also search for eScores using the classic catalog. Select Advanced Search and use eBook as a material type and your search will be limited to online scores.
If you need any assistance tracking down scores or sheet music, contact the Art, Music and Recreation Center at 415-557-4525.