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    The Louisville Free Public Library announced today the launching of a new online streaming music collection which can be accessed free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week with your library card. It's called the Louisville Free Public Music Library and it will offer more than 1.3 million recordings made available from the world´s largest online library of classical, jazz and world music labels - Naxos.

    lfpl logo.jpgThe creation of the Louisville Free Public Music Library was made possible through donations to the Library Foundation in memory of David M. Schneider, a 31-year-old Louisville musician who died last month.  After the sudden death of their son David, Katy and Paul Schneider wanted to honor his memory in a special way. 

    The Louisville Free Public Music Library is an Internet music streaming service made up of classical and jazz recordings from all over the world.  The music for this new music library comes from the Naxos Music Library of Nashville and Hong Kong.  The Naxos Music Library was originally created for use in university music departments; the Louisville library is one of the first public libraries in the U.S. to make the collection available to the public for free.

    The new music library is available anywhere with an internet connection, whether through a land line, WiFi or a mobile phone. You can choose titles from the vast collection and even customize your listening by adding personal favorites to your own playlists.          

    The Free Public Music Library from Naxos is the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online offering tracks of Classical music, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese music.  The Music Library is an entertaining, educational resource, which offers the best selection of studied music, searchable by composer, artist, period, year of composition, instrument or genre. Composer biographies, CD liner notes, and work analyses are just a few of the text resources available to users while streaming music from Naxos.


    The Music Library streams music from the Naxos online database.  A sophisticated search engine allows users to select and listen to the vast musical collection (individual tracks or whole CDs).  LFPL''s Classical and World Music Library from Naxos is the world´s largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 82,850 CDs with more than 1.3 million tracks, including standard and rare repertoire.  The library offers catalogues or selected titles from classical, jazz, and world music labels. Classic pop and rock music are also represented.  The Jazz Music Library offers a mix of jazz legends and contemporary jazz. Recordings of more than 32,000 artists are represented.

    Subscribers will not, however, be able to download the music or burn it to CD.  The Music Library is a stream-only resource.  Any downloading from the Music Library is strictly prohibited and violates copyright law.  Recordings on Naxos labels may be downloaded via and CDs may be purchased via

    lfpl41.jpgThe new collections are available at home, at school or on the go to anyone with a Louisville Free Public Library card and an Internet connection, whether through a land line, WiFi or a mobile phone connection.  Users of this extensive library of recordings can stream the music over the Internet through a home computer, a laptop, a tablet computer, an iPhone or an Android smart phone.  Louisville library card holders will have access from any location in the world with an Internet connection.

    Listeners can choose any recordings in the vast library to listen to immediately.  They may also customize their own programs of music by choosing favorite recordings from the collection and adding them to a personal playlist.  The library has requested playlists from area musicians and organizations.  Local schools and universities can also create playlists for study by their music students.

    • What You Need to Get Started:
    • Computer with internet access
    • Library card and password (necessary when using Naxos anywhere outside the Library)
    • To listen on your smart phone or other mobile device you will need the free app. Simply download the app and sign in with your Playlist account.

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