As I type, I’m enjoying one of the 37,000 albums that I have at home thanks to the ACT Public Library.
The Library subscribes to an online goldmine called the Naxos Music Library.
In a nutshell, the Naxos Music Library offers streaming audio access at near-CD quality to the complete catalogues of over 200 labels – the world’s largest online music library. It is very user-friendly and amazingly comprehensive. Its aim is to eventually offer access to every work of classical music ever recorded.
All that’s required is an internet connection and the barcode and PIN from your library card. From the Library homepage, use the ‘Find’ dropdown menu > ‘Listen to Music and Audio‘. I connect my laptop to my stereo via a standard small jack out/twin RCA in (i.e. same as iPod to stereo)
Why the ACT Library doesn’t promote this stunning resource more, I have no idea. Moving in musical circles through various choirs, in the last few years I have met maybe five people who know about the Naxos Music Library. Anyway, I thought I’d help them get better value for money out of it.