WEST CHICAGO – The West Chicago Public Library District now offers downloadable music from its website as part of Library Ideas, a network of public library sites that offers access to more than 7 million songs.
The Freegal Music Service will allow the library to increase the size and diversity of its collection by offering access to more than 28,000 music labels from 85 different countries, according to a library news release.
Under the terms of the agreement, registered library cardholders can download as many as five music tracks each week at no direct cost via the library website.
An option for as many as three hours of music streaming per day also is available, where library cardholders can access entire albums of music, the release stated. Beginning in August, the service also will include popular music videos for download.
Freegal Music free mobile apps are available for registered cardholders in the Apple and Google Play app stores.
“The library continually tries to keep pace with changing technology and offer our cardholders access to many types of digital resources, including e-books, e-audiobooks, e-readers, databases and public computers,” Library Director Benjamin Weseloh said in the release. “We are very excited to add downloadable music to our electronic options.”