Library tunes into free music downloads

Okanagan Regional Library launches freegal service

  • Sep. 9, 2011 11:00 a.m.

There have been some technological advances at library branches in the North Okanagan.

Okanagan Regional Library has launched free music downloads through the freegal service while there is increased wireless access up to three hours in branches.

“Freegal, which is short for free and legal, is a company that offers library customers access to the Sony music catalogue with hundreds of thousands of songs in more than 100 genres,” said Marla O’Brien, ORL public relations officer.

“Each week, customers can download three songs in mp3 format which can then be listened to on their computers, iPods or mp3 players, burned to a CD or other devices.”

To access, patrons can click on the freegal link at

“They will have to enter their library account number and PIN, and will then be directed to the freegal site where they can search for artists, listen to samples, and download songs,” said O’Brien.

As well, ORL has increased Internet bandwidth in all branches, and can now offer patrons who bring in their laptops or other wireless devices up to three hours of free wireless Internet access per day.

“Public computer terminals are still limited to one hour per day to ensure all customers have a chance to use them,” said O’Brien.