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Why is the UDPL no longer maintaining a music CD collection?

  • Molly Kane
  • Aug. 2, 2021

The Upper Dublin Public Library selects and maintains collections in support of its mission. The emphasis of the collection is on acquiring materials of wide-ranging interests and relevancy to the general public and offering choice of subjects, perspectives, and formats that meet most interest and demand within current budget limitations.

The UDPL Music CD Collection offered a broad selection of music on compact disc across many genres, including rock, blues, country and classical. While a popular collection in its early years, demand for borrowing music on CD had steadily declined over the last years as streaming music became the preferred method for listening and compact disc players less available in homes and cars.

With this growing shift towards streaming music and away from CDs, the decision was made to stop developing the music CD collection in 2016, and instead offer Hoopla, a library resource for streaming audiobooks, music, video & ebooks. Not only did Hoopla offer music that library cardholders could easily stream 24/7, but it also gave them access to 276,000 “albums” today compared to the UDPL’s collection of 3,500 titles on CD.  The Library continued to loan the CDs it had acquired until its move to the new Library in 2020 at which point the collection was retired.

While the UDPL primarily focuses on collecting books and other reading materials (in all formats), we are committed to seeking materials of wide-ranging interest and use to the general public, and will continue to consider and evaluate opportunities to add new, relevant formats as they arise.