Provided by Freegal, the initiative offers an alternative to such services as Pandora and Spotify and allows patrons to stream up to three hours of ad-free music per day. Individual songs or entire albums from various genres can be streamed, and users can create and customize as many play lists as they like.
“This service follows the library’s new strategic direction in making more resources available for patrons,” stated Michael Perry, electronic resources librarian. “Adapting our products to meet the demands of today’s tech-savvy users, especially young people, keeps the library relevant and current as an information resource provider.”
The service already allows up to five downloads of music per week, which patrons can keep. In addition, music videos can be downloaded.
The library introduced the free streaming of feature films, foreign films, award-winning documentaries, children’s movies and popular TV series in 2014.