News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 07/30/2012
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library Expands the Digital Collection with Free Downloadable Music
Contact : Diane Lai, Division Head, Collection and Technical Services, Library    (650) 329-2517
Palo Alto, CA – The Palo Alto City Library is pleased to now offer access to over 3 million downloadable songs, including Sony Music's catalog of legendary artists, through the Freegal Music ServiceTM from Library IdeasTM. With the addition of Freegal to the Library's digital services, Palo Alto City Library greatly increases the size and diversity of its music collection with access to over 10,000 music labels from 65 different countries.

Palo Alto City Library cardholders can download three Freegal Music tracks in the MP3 format each week legally and for free at While there is no required software to download in order to use this service, free mobile apps for downloading music from Freegal to Apple and Android mobile devices are available in the Apple® App Store and Google Play®

"We are excited to add a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use. We think this will be incredibly popular with our patrons and will help the library meet the cultural and recreational needs of the community by expanding the library’s digital collections," said Library Director Monique le Conge.

"Sony Music has an incredibly expansive and popular catalog and we are really excited to partner with them on this, a very important product for libraries," said Brian Downing, co-founder of Library Ideas. "A library is a focal point of the community that requires many tools to excite people about library resources. More than anything, that is the reason for the service."

For more information, visit or call 650-329-2436.

About Library Ideas: Library Ideas is a global leader in providing digital content to all kinds of libraries, and is located in Fairfax, Virginia. The Company offers music, eBook and language learning solutions to libraries as part of its developing product suite. Library Ideas was named "One of the Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry for 2011-12" by EContent Magazine. For further information please email

About Sony Music Entertainment: Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, BNA Records, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Kemosabe Records, LaFace Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, RCA Nashville, Reunion Records, Roc Nation, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Verity Gospel Music Group, and Volcano Entertainment. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.