Dubuque Library to Host Free Music Downloads

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter


By Katie Wiedemann

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Dubuque's Carnegie Stout Public Library now lets anyone with a library card download up to three songs a week, for free. And those songs are theirs to keep.

It's part of a new program called "Freegal". Anywhere you have Internet access, you can use your library card to get on the library's website and download music to your computer or iPod.

In the digital age where everything is a click away, it's no secret the library isn't always everyone's first thought. "It used to be in order to determine if a library was successful they'd count the numbers of items checked out," said Library Director Susan Henricks. "Increasingly, people are using the library in different ways. They are using the library on the go."

The reference desk even takes to Twitter to answer card holder's questions. "The library is more than books these days," said Henricks. "We are in the content business and we have a lot in print and in non-print. "

This year, directors carved out a chunk of the annual budget in order to pay for the Freegal subscription. The service gives anyone with a library card access to the seven million available songs.
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