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Free music downloads now available from Boulder Public Library via Freegal


For everyone who’s ever heard a song on the radio and wanted to add it their collection, wanted a hit single off an album, or just wanted to explore the work of new musical artists, Boulder Public Library offers a new, free online music download service.  Freegal Music, a downloadable music service designed for libraries, is now available through the library’s website at:


Freegal is free for all Boulder Public Library (BPL) cardholders who live in Boulder County, and all downloads may be kept permanently. Each library cardholder may download up to three songs per week (156 per year) and keep the songs forever. All that is needed to access this service is a Boulder Public Library card number in good standing.


Freegal Music provides access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog, which includes hundreds of thousands of songs, more than 100 genres of music, and more than 50 record labels. No special software is needed to use the service, and there are no digital rights management restrictions. Downloading of songs is completely free and legal for library cardholders. Songs are downloaded in a universally compatible MP3 format, so they can be saved to any computer, mobile device or MP3 player, including an iPod. Songs can be downloaded at home or at computer stations in libraries via a USB device, such as a flash drive or MP3 player.  One click and you can save the songs to your iTunes or Windows Media Player.


“We are excited to be able to offer this free music download service to Boulder Public Library cardholders,” said Valerie Maginnis, library director. “It gives our patrons access to more of the materials they want, in a convenient, accessible format, while also being highly efficient for the library. We anticipate that this will be a very popular new service.”

More information and answers to frequently asked questions about Freegal are available on the BPL website,  Music can also be found in the library’s catalog by searching for “Freegal.”  BPL offers other music and film streaming services, such as Alexander Street, which offers 30,000 albums for streaming, at:

Boulder library has eBook for Kindle


Boulder Public Library announces that eBooks are now available for Kindle

Boulder Public Library (BPL) is pleased to announce that its downloadable eBook collection is now compatible with the top-selling eBook reader, the Amazon® Kindle. Patrons can now download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and more, all with their free library card.

To get started, visit and click on the “Audiobooks, eBooks & more” link on the top right of the page. BPL also offers eBooks and audiobooks for use on a PC or Mac computer and popular mobile devices such as a Smartphone or MP3 player, and eBook readers like the Barnes & Noble® Nook™ and Sony® Reader.

Kindle users can browse Boulder Public Library’s collection of bestselling and classic eBooks from a PC or Mac computer, check out titles using their Boulder Public Library card, and select “Get for Kindle” to deliver eBooks to their Kindle or any device running the free Kindle app. Users who enjoy eBooks on Kindle will benefit from Amazon’s Whispersync technology that synchronizes notes, highlights and last page read between their Kindle and free Kindle apps.

Boulder Public Library currently has 1,150 eBooks available in its collection, and that collection will continue to grow. Visit the BPL website to download eBooks for free for your Kindle: and click on the “Audiobooks, eBooks & more” link on the top right of the page, or call BPL’s Reference librarians at 303-441-3194 for assistance.

A high demand exists for the library’s eBooks collection, so patrons are encouraged to place holds if the book they are interested is not immediately available. The library will continue to build its eBook collection, so keep checking back for more titles.

Boulder Public Library phasing out cassette tapes; sale on June 17 and 18


Boulder Public Library (BPL) will phase audio cassette tapes out of its collection for adults by mid-July. The audio tapes are being eliminated due to declining circulation. Eliminating the adult cassette tape collection will free up more space on the shelves for the higher-circulating CDs, DVDs and other media.

Children’s books on cassette tapes will remain available, as that collection continues to circulate well.

BPL currently has 950 audio tapes, all books, in its collection, with only 175 checked out as of June 8. In comparison, BPL has 3,869 books on CD in the collection, and 1,740 were checked out as of June 8. Music cassette tapes were phased out about 10 years ago.

“Circulation for cassette tapes has continued to decline for years, with more and more of the tapes sitting on the shelves gathering dust,” said Reference Manager Laura Hankins.

Library patrons at the Main Library and the Meadows Library Branch will be able to purchase the cassette tapes directly off the shelves, as-is, for $1 each on Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18. All sales are final. Proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase new audio materials for the collection, audio books on CD and downloadable books. Any items not sold will be donated to local charities.

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