Love Music? Here’s How to Make the Most of Your Library

Is it hard for you to go anywhere without headphones? Are you always on the lookout for the next great band? Do you save money to go to concerts, and keep close tabs on upcoming shows? The library can be a wonderful resource for music—and it’s not just on CDs anymore.

The Poudre River Public Library District offers three main portals for finding new music. Some of the services are streaming-only (meaning that users are not able to download the songs to their computer), while others allow users to download actual songs that they can keep.

All of these services require your name and library card number, and will not accept temporary library cards. Have your card handy to sign in, and start finding new music that you’ll love!

Freegal Music

Freegal has one of the largest downloadable music collections available, with access to more than 100 genres of music in the Sony catalog, including pop, rock, funk, jazz, R&B, soul, and more. With Freegal, users can download up to five songs per week and keep them. The downloads are in MP3 format, and will work on both PCs and Macs and well as mobile devices using the app. Users can browse through the entire catalog by artist or genre, or click the “Top 10” list to see what’s trending now.

Click here to browse the Freegal catalog.


Music Online

Alexander Street Press offers hundreds of thousands of songs available for streaming. Genres include classical, jazz, world, American roots, and more. This service is streaming-only, which means that users cannot actually download and keep the songs they hear, but are able to play songs in full and enjoy them in a streaming format on a computer or mobile device.

Music Online is a wonderful resource for music students, teachers, and musicians, as it offers: highly organized databases of over 25,000 distinct classical works; hundreds of studies on music theory, music history, and more; and the ability to search by instrument categories.

Click here to take a look at what Music Online offers.



OverDrive is a fantastic resource for all types of downloadable media, including audiobooks, eBooks, videos, and music. You can play the downloaded files on your computer or transfer your files to a portable device.

OverDrive offers music in many genres, including classical, orchestral, blues, and pop & rock.

In order to download music files, you will need to install the OverDrive Media Console (OMC). OMC is available for most popular devices, including eReaders, iPads, PC and Mac computers, and many smartphones.

Click here to browse OverDrive’s downloadable music section.

Interested in learning more about all of the library’s downloadable materials, including eBooks, audiobooks, and music? Visit this page for more information.

One Comment

  1. Melissa Williams Beavers

    If you like live music, please watch the online calendar for information on library’s two concert series Harmony in the Round and Old Town Tunes.