Fort Vancouver Regional Library District (FVRL) has joined the Library Ideas network of public library websites that offers online access to songs from Sony Music's catalog of artists.
The service allows FVRL to increase the size and diversity of its collection by offering access to hundreds of thousands of songs. The district has not offered a comprehensive recorded-music collection since the early 1980s, when it eliminated its record collection due to cost-cutting.
"We're delighted to be able to finally offer music to our patrons, many of whom have asked us over the years for recorded music in its evolving formats," said FVRL Executive Director Bruce Ziegman. "Funding for this new, no-fee service was made possible by district voters' approval one year ago of a levy lid-lift measure, which also allowed us earlier this year to restore library hours that were cut in 2009. The availability of online services that offer downloadable MP3 files directly to patrons has made introducing and maintaining a robust music collection much more affordable," Ziegman explained.
FVRL patrons will need to log in with their 14-digit library card number to access Freegal.
The library's Freegal link is currently posted at http://www.fvrl.org/findabook/index.cfm.
Once logged on, users will find a counter at the top of the screen that shows how many downloads (of the three allowed) they've had in that week.
The counter resets at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time each Monday (9 p.m. Sunday Pacific Time).
Sony Music's hundreds of thousands of music files in a wide range of genres are available to patrons through FVRL's contract with Library Ideas, a media company serving education markets and libraries with music and language learning solutions among its product suite.
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded-music company with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local talent and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog comprising some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre.