Bartlesville Library offering free music streaming


Bartlesville Public Library will offer customers free music streaming starting June 1 through an agreement with Freegal Music.

The library has purchased a two-year subscription to the service, which allows users up to five hours per day of ad-free streaming through the Freegal app or website. Customers can also create personalized playlists and download up to three music videos, songs or audiobooks per week.

The library previously had CDs to buy, but shut down, in part, because CDs kept disappearing, library director Shellie McGill said.

“Plus, there was such a full range of different music, it was hard to decide what to wear. Now that there is streaming, we can offer it again. This is something that a lot of libraries offer, and the community was looking to see if we would offer this service. … (Subscribe to the service) has been part of our long-term plan for three years, ”said McGill.

Freegal offers access to a collection of 15 million songs, audiobooks and music videos from labels such as Epic, Sony Music, RCA and Columbia.

McGill said if the service is not used well, the library will not renew the subscription.

“We signed a two-year contract to see if this is something our community will use, and I think they will,” she said.

Library officials are also considering a new sales tax exemption program on equipment used to provide the Internet to underserved communities. Signed by Governor Kevin Stitt on May 24, Bill 2946 also establishes a $ 4,000 equipment subsidy program.

McGill said the Bartlesville Public Library is planning to apply. In October, the library used funding from the CARES Act to purchase 30 Internet access points that patrons can borrow to expand Internet access.

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