Cardholders of the Jefferson Parish Library may now participate in a new download music service that offers access to about 3 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of artists and more than 10,000 labels with music that originate in more than 60 countries.

Freegal Music Service is a downloadable music service in which library cardholders can download three songs a week with their barcode and PIN. Freegal works with any MP3 device, including iPods.

Patrons must enter the Freegal site via the Jefferson Parish Library website.

There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management restrictions. Access to Freegal is limited to Jefferson Parish Library patrons with current library accounts in good standing.

Patrons download music by completing the following steps:

  • Go the library’s website and click on the Freegal icon.
  • Enter the library card number as well as the PIN and proceed to the site.
  • Search for music by genre, artist, album or composer.
  • After searching for music, download music by clicking on the “Download Now” link.
  • Click on the “save” prompt when a song is selected.

Copyright laws apply for all music downloaded. Patrons can get help from library staff if they have questions.

COWEN’S HOMAGE TO CITY: Scott Cowen, former president of Tulane University and author of “The Inevitable City,” will discuss and sign copies of the book at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. The presentation is the second of four book signings as part of the Coffee and Conversation series, a partnership between the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the Jefferson Parish Library. Peggy Scott Laborde moderates.

For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, visit www.jplibrary.net or like the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.