Skip to main content

Music & Musicians: Music

Looking for free music, information about a musician or the history of music? This guide provides great library music resources including 5 free song downloads every week with your library card.


Music is the art of combining sounds into a structured form, usually according to conventional patterns and for an aesthetic (artistic) purpose. Music is generally divided into different genres or styles such as classical music, jazz, pop music, country, and so on. The Greek word mousikē covered all the arts presided over by the Muses. The various civilizations of the ancient and modern world developed their own musical systems. This resource covers the major developments of music in different time periods and provides links to a variety of online resources about music and musicians. Learn More..

Music Eras

Free Music to Keep!

Download 6 songs each week with your Library card and PIN and keep them forever.

Freegal Music is a free music download service that allows you (with a library card in good standing and if you are a resident of LVCCLD taxing district) to download and KEEP up to 6 songs a week - choose from hundreds of popular artists. New songs are added daily so there is always something new!

Now with Music Videos - counts as 2 downloads - and My Wish List - save songs to a wish list to download in the future.

Now with Streaming Music - 3 hours per day free!

Once in Freegal you will be able to keep track of your downloads in the upper right corner of the site. Every song has a sample clip you can listen to before you download.

The downloads on this site are all in MP3 format. This service will work with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. It works on both PCs and Macs.

Be sure to check out the browsing areas, especially Artists A to Z (bottom of page) and the genre lists (menu bar). Click on see all genres to view dozens of categories.

If you have more questions or need help troubleshooting an issue please visit our FAQs, Tips & Tricks page and select the Freegal tab.

Books on the History of Music

National Anthems

Also See