Free music downloads now available from Multnomah County Library

Update: as of Jan. 31, 2014 the library is no longer offering Freegal Music. Instead, we encourage you to try Hoopla, the library's streaming media service.


PORTLAND, Ore. — Feb. 14, 2011 — For everyone who’s ever heard a song on the radio and wanted to add it their collection, wanted a hit single off an album, or just wanted to explore the work of new musical artists, Multnomah County Library has a new, free online service. Freegal Music, a downloadable music service like iTunes and others, is now available through the library’s website. This service is free for all Multnomah County Library cardholders, and all downloads may be kept permanently.

Each library cardholder can download up to three songs per week (156 per year) and, unlike with checked out materials, keep the songs forever. All that is needed to access this service is a Multnomah County Library card number and PIN.

Freegal Music provides access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog, which includes hundreds of thousands of songs, more than 100 genres of music, and more than 50 record labels. No special software is needed to use the service, and there are no digital rights management restrictions. Downloading of songs is completely free and legal for library cardholders. Songs are downloaded in a universally compatible MP3 format, so they can be saved to any computer, mobile device or MP3 player, including an iPod. Songs can be downloaded at home or at computer stations in libraries via a USB device, such as a flash drive or MP3 player.

“Providing this service is a reflection of the library’s priorities,” said Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke. “It gives our patrons access to more of the materials they want, in a format that is convenient and accessible while being highly efficient for the library. We anticipate that this will be a very popular new service.”

More information and answers to frequently asked questions about this service are available on the library’s website. Freegal Music can also be found in the library’s catalog by searching for “Freegal.”

About Multnomah County Library

Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi, with a history that reaches back to 1864. Today, Central Library and the other 18 neighborhood libraries that make up the library system house a collection of two million books and other library materials. As Oregon's largest public library, Multnomah County Library serves nearly one-fifth of the state's population with a wide variety of programs and services. Over 35,000 people use the library each day, either online or in person. To read more about Multnomah County Library, please visit