Houston-Love Memorial Library has joined Library Ideas™ network of Public Library websites that offer access to over 3 million songs including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.
The Freegal™ Music Service will allow the Houston-Love Memorial Library to increase the size and diversity of its collection by offering access to over 10,000 music labels from 65 different countries.
Under the terms of the agreement, registered card holders of the Houston-Love Memorial Library can download a select number of Freegal Music tracks in the MP3 format each month at no direct cost via www.houstonlovelibrary.org. The library will underwrite the purchase of the music.
Libraries all over the world subscribe to the Freegal Music Service, including the Princeton (NJ) Public Library, Maricopa County Library District (AZ), The Edmonton Public Library (AB), Orange County Public Library (FL), The Biblioteche di Bologna (IT), Nashville Public Library (TN) and Fairfield Public Library (CT).
The Freegal Music Service recently announced the availability of free mobile apps for registered cardholders of subscribing libraries. The Freegal Music apps are available in the Apple® App Store and Google Play®.
“We have been waiting a long time for a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use. We think this will be very popular with our patrons and will help the library in marketing all its services to the community,” said Bettye Forbus, Director of the Houston-Love Memorial Library.
“Sony Music has an incredibly expansive and popular catalog and we are really excited to partner with them on this, a very important product for libraries,” said Brian Downing, co-founder of Library Ideas. “A library is a focal point of the community that requires many tools to excite people about library resources. More than anything, that is the reason for the service.”
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ABOUT HOUSTON-LOVE MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Houston-Love Memorial Library has been serving the area for over a century. From its early beginnings in a small house to its present location in a 70 year old public high school, the library has grown significantly through the generosity of donors. Services and resources include reading materials, computers, internet access, homework help, computer classes, and meeting rooms.
ABOUT LIBRARY IDEAS
Library Ideas is a global leader in providing digital content to all kinds of libraries, and is located in Fairfax, Virginia. The Company offers music, eBook and language learning solutions to libraries as part of its developing product suite. Library Ideas was named “One of the Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry for 2011-12” by EContent Magazine.
ABOUT SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, BNA Records, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Kemosabe Records, LaFace Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, RCA Nashville, Reunion Records, Roc Nation, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Verity Gospel Music Group, and Volcano Entertainment. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.