Hancock County libraries now offer music downloading service to patrons

Posted July 13, 2012, at 2:36 p.m.
Last modified July 13, 2012, at 2:51 p.m.

Patrons of the Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Ellsworth and Blue Hill public libraries, along with the Jesup Library in Bar Harbor and Witherle Memorial Library in Castine can now rock out to a new free music service. Beginning Wednesday, July 18, patrons of these libraries will each be eligible to download and keep up to three songs per week using “Freegal,” an online service containing millions of songs from thousands of artists. Made up primarily of the Sony Music catalog, the available music ranges from Top 40 hits to oldies, folk, jazz, rock, classical and obscure subgenres.

The idea came from ongoing discussion between librarians about better serving patrons in the digital age. Library officials expect the service will appeal to patrons of all ages and backgrounds, and librarians will be happy to assist patrons in using the new service. The downloaded music is delivered in MP3 format and is compatible with laptops of all types, as well as iPods, iPhones and other devices.

Patrons who would like to try out the service must have a valid library card from a participating library. To get started, visit the library’s website or online catalog and look for a link to Freegal.

For information, patrons can contact their local libraries at these websites:

• Witherle Memorial Library in Castine: http://www.witherle.lib.me.us/.

• Blue Hill Public Library: www.bhpl.net.

• Ellsworth Public Library: http://www.ellsworth.lib.me.us/.

• Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor: http://www.jesup.lib.me.us/.

• Northeast Harbor Library: http://www.nehlibrary.org/.

• Southwest Harbor Public Library: http://www.swhplibrary.org/.

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