Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Indie Music Available at Your Library


Sometimes work and play meet in the best ways. For me, that means telling you how to get music from the library.

Most public libraries add CDs to their collections regularly. Many libraries also cooperate to lend you CDs from libraries throughout the region.

What does this mean for you? Awesome music delivered to your local library at no charge.

Coloradans and UW folks, use Prospector! Access to 23 regional library catalogs. I get tons of music here... I use it to sample new music and listen to old recordings from my favorite artists. Almost everything is here, but new stuff may take a week or two before it is processed and in the catalog.

Wyoming folks, use WYLDCat. Not as much music as Colorado, but you'll be pleasantly surprised by what you find. Just walking through the Albany County Library I picked up a Pavement retrospective and Devendra Barnhardt. Sweet!

Seattle people, you know that Seattle Public Library and KCLS will hook you up with new music all the time. The John Richards influence is huge in this part of the country. King County libraries buy tons of movies, too.

Need help finding stuff? A couple tips:
  • band name = author
  • individual singer = author, last name first
  • common names yielding too many results? try adding "musical group" to your search

Good luck and enjoy the fruits of your tax dollars!

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