When touting our digital resources to patrons, Freegal is one of the easiest to get excited about. For district libraries, Freegal is still a pretty new service and I notice many patrons are unaware they now have access to it. Recent upgrades also make Freegal an even better resource to highlight in any patron interaction. Mentioning that Freegal requires no software to download and no wait periods is a big plus for patrons, as well. Especially as new CDs in the physical collection often have long hold lists.
Navigation is available in standard English, as well as Spanish, French, and Italian. These options are available at the bottom of the page.
Searching has been made easier, as well. In one search query, an artist and song title can be combined so users can get to content faster.
The home page also highlights popular artists graphically with headshots displayed under the week’s top albums and singles.
There’s also a nice feature that shows our system’s top 10 and the top 10 across the United States. You can find these lists linked under Most Popular at the top of the page.
Also, be sure to check out the Genres page linked from the top of the screen. This really shows how wide-ranging Freegal’s offerings are: from Barbra Streisand to Arabic pop, there are music more than 100 countries represented!
Jeff (South Park)