Libraries axe CDs in online move

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With major technological changes to the way that we listen to and purchase music, North Ayrshire libraries are moving with the times and embracing modern musical technologies.

Having evolved from vinyl, to CD, to MP3s, North Ayrshire libraries will now be adopting digital technologies and will offer a free online music streaming service.

With the decline of the number of CDs being borrowed and because of the transition towards digital music, all libraries, including Arran, will no longer update their CD collection and will instead focus on their online offering.

Music in their current catalogue will still be available for members but new purchases in CD format will no longer take place.

Councillor Louise McPhater, cabinet member for communities, said: ‘The way we listen to music has changed dramatically in recent years, particularly with the explosion in online music streaming services.

‘Our libraries have to move with the times too so this change reflects how people access their favourite music.

‘Although we will no longer buy CDs, we will still have a small collection of CDs in the library and it is still possible to request discs from other branches.

‘Best of all, our library members can also access music through our free downloading and streaming service, Freegal, which gives you access to over 13 million songs.

‘For absolutely no charge at all, users can stream five hours of music every day and download five music tracks, or two music videos every week.’

If you want to find out more about using Freegal – or joining your local library – pop into your local branch to find out more. Alternatively, visit for more details.