The Mississauga Library System has recently launched Freegal, an internet-based music service free for all library system cardholders to use.

Freegal allows cardholders to search, stream and download music at no charge. Cardholders are able to download three MP3 files a week and can keep them for as long as they want. The Freegal catalogue gives cardholders access to millions of songs from more than 80 countries and includes newly-released music from all genres of music. Users can browse for their favourite songs by title, artist or album.

“By providing a service like Freegal, we are keeping pace with digital trends and expanding our digital resource collection,” said Rose Vespa, Director of the Mississauga Library System. “Freegal offers cardholders access to digital music on their smartphones, tablets, MP3s and computers—it’s music everyone can enjoy whenever and wherever they want.”

To take advantage of the Freegal service, simply download the Freegal app on your smartphone or tablet, or visit the Library’s website to get the link to the Freegal website. Sign in by using your library card number and then you can stream or download music files and transfer the files to any digital music device.

Users can also stream three hours of music from Freegal with no limit to the number of cardholders using the service.

“For those who prefer CDs, we will still have our collection for checkout,” says Vespa.

To try out the Freegal Music Service, visit