Play music to your ears at the Central Library

Discover new music and enjoy old favourites by browsing through the large collection of Songbooks and Scores at your City Library.
Use the Music Room available on the first floor to practice, experiment and play at the keyboard. You could even bring in your own guitar or ukulele if you’d prefer!
Look for your beloved artist, song or composer and play the music you love or browse through the music we have listed below for inspiration.
With so many songs to choose from, you’ll always find a favourite!

Syndetics book coverBig book of 70s songs : 26 of the very best songs from the 1970s / compiled and edited by Jenni Norey.
“For voice and piano, with guitar chord symbols. Words and music by various songwriters. Compiled and edited by Jenni Norey.” –Back cover

Syndetics book coverWe will remember them : music for remembrance : for mixed voice choirs.
“Contains 18 choral works suitable for Remembrance Sunday, concerts, memorial and funeral services.
They are mostly unaccompanied (with piano reduction for rehearsal only). Some with organ or piano accompaniment.” –Back cover

Syndetics book coverRachmaninoff : 16 great classics.
“It comes complete with song background notes, and playing hints and tips.
Works and selections are arranged.” –Back cover

Syndetics book cover20 classic hawaiian songs for ukulele / compiled and edited by Adrian Hopkins.
London : Wise Publications, [2014]
“A lovely collection of twenty classic hawaiian songs for ukulele including: Akaka Falls / Darlene Ahuna — Aloha ka manini / The Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band — Hawai’i aloha / Nina Keali’iwahamana — Aloha oe / E. K. Rose / Blue Hawaii — Ellis March / Tau Moe & Mmm. Rivière’s Hawaiians — Everybody does it in Hawaii / Jimmie Rodgers — Hard hearted Hannah / Cliff ‘Ukulele Ike’ Edwards — Hawaiian cowboy / Sol K. Bright’s Hollywaiians — The Hawaiian wedding song / Andy Williams — Hi’ilawe / Gabby Pahinui — Honolulu city lights / The Beamer Brothers — Hula blues / Jim & Bob, The Genial Hawaiians — I’ll remember you / Kui Lee — Little pad / The Beach Boys — Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas in Hawaii) / The Puppini Sisters — That’s how much I love you / Eddy Arnold — Over the rainbow ; What a wonderful world / Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole — Sophisticated hula / Sol Bright — Sweet Leilani / Bing Crosby.” –Back cover

Syndetics book coverRodriguez : selections from Cold fact & Coming from reality / piano, vocal, guitar.
“Songs as performed by Sixto Rodriguez on sound recordings originally released 1970 and 1971; words and music by Rodriguez. For voice and piano; with chord symbols and guitar chord diagrams. “Universal Music Publishing”–Back cover.

Syndetics book coverCarly Simon : guitar chord songbook.
“Includes complete lyrics, chord symbols & guitar chord diagrams.”–Back cover

Syndetics book coverRiverdance : music from Riverdance the show / composed by Bill Whelan.
“Instrumental pieces and songs from Riverdance, the show (composed in the idiom of Irish folk music).
Reel around the sun — The heart’s cry — The Countess Cathleen/Women of the Sidhe — Caoineadh cú chulainn (lament) — Shivna — Firedance — Slip into Spring — The harvest — Riverdance — American wake — Lift the wings — Heal their hearts — Freedom — Trading taps — Macedonian morning — Marta’s dance/The Russian dervish — Oscail an doras — Andalucia — Home and the heartland — Heartland.”–Back cover

Syndetics book coverThe best jazz piano solos ever : 80 classics, from Miles to Monk and more!
“Afternoon in Paris — Allen’s Alley — Along came Betty — Azure-Te (Paris Blues) — Back home blues — Bags and Trane — Bags’ groove — Baia (Bahía) — Bernie’s tune — Billie’s bounce (Bill’s bounce) — Birdland — Birk’s works — Blues for Martha — Blues in A minor — Blues in the closet — Born to be blue — Bouncing with Bud — Bremond’s blues — C-jam blues — Close your eyes — Come Sunday — Cotton tail — Crazeology — Day dream — Dear old Stockholm — Delauney’s dilemma — Django — Dolphin dance — Don’t you know I care (or don’t you care to know) — Doodlin’ — Doxy — Everything but you — 52nd Street theme — Giant steps — Ginger bread boy — The golden striker — Gotta be this or that — Gravy waltz — Groovin’ high — I hear a rhapsody — I mean you — In walked Bud — Intermezzo — Invitation — Jeru — Jordu — Killer Joe — Like young — Line for Lyons — Midnight sun — Moonlight in Vermont — Moten swing — My little suede shoes — Nica’s dream — A night in Tunisia — Night train — Nuages — Oh, good grief — Oleo — On Green Dolphin Street — Relaxin’ at the Camarillo — Robbin’s nest — Seven come eleven — Shiny stockings — Sippin’ at Bells — So what — Some other spring — Song for my father — Stolen moments — Things ain’t what they used to be — Topsy — Tune up — Turnaround — Un poco loco — Up jumped spring — Watermelon man — West coast blues — What am I here for? — Whisper not — Yardbird suite.” –Back cover