The Art, Music, & Recreation Department

Located on Level Two (L2) of the Tom Bradley Wing: Department map

Phone: 213-228-7225 | Fax: 213-228-7239 | E-mail (form)

Department Staff

Materials & Collections

There are over 300,000 volumes in the Art, Music, & Recreation Department on subjects including:

  • Architecture
  • Art history
  • Crafts
  • Fashion
  • Film
  • Games, sports, and other recreational activities
  • Gardening
  • Graphic novels
  • Music theory and history
  • Photography
  • Sheet music and orchestrations
  • Visual arts and design

tiled thumbnail images of multicolored pencils, flowers, an architectural interior, sculpture, tailoring supplies, artwork, watercolor painting, a camera, violin, director’s clapboard, ballet dancers, and a soccer ball


Sheet Music Request Service

The Art, Music, & Recreation Department offers a sheet music request service, and will send up to three songs to any Los Angeles Public Library branch for patron pickup.

For assistance in locating sheet music, please call the department during business hours at 213-228-7225, or via email. You can also use the Song Index, an online finding aid to songs held by the Art, Music, & Recreation Department.


The department’s orchestral scores collection contains over 2,000 orchestral scores (with parts) which are loaned to orchestras in Southern California. There are fees for this rental service. Collection holdings can be searched in Orchestrations Catalog. For more information about renting an orchestration or setting up an institutional account for your local orchestra, call the Orchestral Scores Service at 213-228-7231 during the Central Library’s business hours or use the form on this page.

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