Contact: Andrea Mullarkey
Collection Development Librarian
Berkeley Public Library
Free digital and streaming music and movies are at the Berkeley Public Library
Berkeley, April 11, 2014—The Berkeley Public Library has a great new service for patrons who love listening to music and watching videos—Freegal. All you need is your library card number to get free downloads and streaming of digital music and movies. What exactly is Freegal? It means “free and legal” music and movies now available through the Library’s website. Free for patrons, that is. This service is underwritten by your local library.
Is the CD you want checked out from the Library’s large music collection or don’t have a turntable to take advantage of the special vinyl collection? Freegal® Music offers access to over 6 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels with music that originates in over 80 countries covering genres from acapella to zydeco and everything in between. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights to worry about. For more information call 510-981-6241. Go to http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/explore/elibrary/downloads-streaming to start.
Freegal also offers streaming of movies and television shows. Want to watch something after the library closes? Freegal Movies offers thousands of movies and shows from major Hollywood and independent studios.
Sounds great? It is. However there are limits to how many songs and videos you can download in a given period. Patrons may stream up to 3 movies or shows per week. And patrons may download 5 songs per week from Freegal Music in addition to streaming up to 3 hours of music per day. With film and music catalogs that are available to all users simultaneously, there are no holds lists, no returns, and no fees or fines for users.
Freegal® has free mobile apps, available from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. You can log in with your current Berkeley Public Library card and start streaming and downloading today. Freegal® is just one of the many services that are offered 24/7 through the Berkeley Public Library website http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/