GRANDVIEW - Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the Grandview Library will offer free downloadable music to valid library card holders.
The subscription to Freegal (meaning free and legal) has been provided in part by a donation from the Friends of the Grandview Library.
Under the terms of the agreement, 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.
“We are excited to offer a service like this that delivers great music, simplicity of use and compatibility with many devices,” said Grandview Librarian Elizabeth Jahnke.
“The library would never be able to have the sort of music collection that is available through this service,” Jahnke added.
Jahnke said she had been carefully considering some sort of music download service because of the small CD collection that the library currently owns.
She approached the Friends of the Library, who agreed to fund part of the subscription.
“We will try this for a year to see if it meets the needs of our patrons and whether we feel it is cost-effective,” Jahnke explained.
The library, in early 2013, began a subscription for downloadable e-books and the use of that service has continued to grow.
“To keep pace with the ever-changing world of libraries, we need to try new things to make the library relevant for all of our patrons,” Jahnke said.
Contact the Grandview Library at 882-7034 or visit http://www.grandview.wa.us/departments/library for more information and links to free apps.