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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville Free Public Library has launched a free online collection of classical and jazz music available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to library cardholders, according to a news release.
The online music library will begin with 1.3 million recordings, but it will continue to grow, with the library adding between 50 and 100 new albums every day.
"Acquiring this major music library represents the largest single expansion of the collection in the history of the Louisville Free Public Library," the release states.
The new music library is made up of the Naxos Music Library Classical Collection and the Naxos Music Library Jazz Collection.
"Naxos is recognized internationally as the leading educational resource of music on the Web," the release states. "Originally created for use in college music departments, these classical and jazz libraries are now only becoming available through public libraries. Louisville's is one of the first public libraries in the country to make these collections available to the public for free."
The creation of the music library was made possible through donations to the Louisville Foundation in memory of David M. Schneider, a 31-year-old Louisville musician who died last month.
Library patrons can access the music library by visiting www.lfpl.org. The site has links to download the Adobe Flash Player (required for accessing the library) as well as mobile apps for the iPhone and the Android.