The Bartlesville Public Library will offer patrons free music streaming beginning June 1 through an agreement with Freegal Music.
The library purchased a two-year subscription to the service, which allows customers up to five hours a day of ad-free streaming through the Freegal app or website. Customers can also create custom playlists and upload up to three music videos, songs, or audiobooks per week.
The library used to have CDs at checkout but stopped, in part, because CDs kept disappearing, said library director Shellie McGill.
“Also, there was such a full range of different music that it was hard to decide what to carry. Now that there’s streaming, we can offer it again. It’s something that a lot of libraries offer. , and the community was asking if we would offer this service. … (Subscribing to the service) has been part of our long-term plan for three years,” McGill said.
Freegal offers access to a collection of 15 million songs, audiobooks, and music videos from labels like Epic, Sony Music, RCA, and Columbia.
McGill said if the service is not well used, the library will not renew the subscription.
“We’ve entered into a two-year contract to see if this is something our community will use, and I think they will,” she said.
Library leaders are also considering a new program to exempt sales tax on equipment used to provide Internet to underserved communities. Signed into law by Governor Kevin Stitt on May 24, House Bill 2946 also establishes a $4,000 equipment grant program.
McGill said Bartlesville Public Library plans to apply. In October, the library used CARES Act funding to purchase 30 Internet access points at customer checkout to expand Internet access.