Stream Blues to Bhangra with Your Library Card

August 13, 2018

Monday, August 13, 2018: Grab your library card, kick back in your favourite chair, crank up your speakers, and listen to acclaimed music in different genres and from around the world. From Blues to Bhangra, Iceland to Inuvik, Coltrane to Classical, Vancouver Island Regional Library’s (VIRL) newest digital resource opens up the world of music to anyone with a library card.

“The Naxos Music Libraries are a game changer for the many music lovers in our service area,” says VIRL’s Executive Director Rosemary Bonanno. “With this new service, VIRL cardholders can stream music from 150 countries, access over 100,000 jazz recordings, listen to the world’s best classical music, and download more than 35,000 printable music scores. That’s just the tip of the iceberg!”

In total, Naxos Music consists of the following four libraries:

  • Naxos Music Library –More than two million tracks of various music genres: classical, blues, jazz, folk, and world music.
  • Naxos Music Library – Jazz: All jazz, all the time. Listen online to an entire album or search for your favourite song or performer.
  • Naxos Music Library – World: Stream a wide range of world music, from legendary historical musical performances to contemporary world music. Almost 10,000 albums available, representing over 32,000 artists, 1,500 cultural groups and 150 countries. Includes the complete Smithsonian Folkways catalogue.
  • Naxos Sheet Music Library – By using the Naxos Sheet Music Library, users can search and download printable scores from the database of over 35,000 works.

The Naxos Music Libraries are a valuable addition to VIRL’s existing music resources, which includes Freegal Music and thousands of CDs available in the physical collection.

Apps are available on Android and iOS for the Music and Jazz libraries. To access Naxos and VIRL’s complete digital music collection, visit


For more Information
David Carson
Director, Corporate Communications and Strategic Initiatives
250.753.1154 ex 248
Cell: 250.327.3651