May 25, 2022

Colorado: Denver Public Library’s “Volume” Program Begins Accepting Submission From Local Musicians

Quick Comment From Gary: When asked about what type of services and resources a local library might want to consider developing, what Denver, Iowa City, Ann Arbor, and others libraries are up to when it comes to local music are examples I often share.

Note: We first shared a post about the DPL’s “Volume” program on December 12, 2013.

In a few words, the Denver Public Library is in the process of creating a new online service that will provide DRM-free music by local artists to library cardholders.

Local musicians (Colorado-based) will be able to reach new listeners (and hopefully increase their fan base). Cardholders will be able to listen for free.2014-04-19_15-20-29

Yesterday, this Denver Public Library blog post announced that local musicians can begin submitting material.

From the Blog Post:

Today we start accepting submissions from local musicians. We’ll spend the next few months gathering submissions, running them past our content reviewers (a group consisting of local folks in the music community), and loading them to the new site. We’re planning to launch that new site by the end of July, with the first set of local music available to our customers.


We’re a public library, so you might guess we have limited resources. We are paying the artists that are selected for this site (not a huge amount, but something), and it also requires staff time and technology resources to manage any music and associated content that will be on the site. Given that, we currently have the resources to bring in 100 albums per year.

Read the Complete Blog Post

Btw, Denver Public Library is not the only public library developing resources for local music to library customers.

Other Recent Posts About Music/Public Library Programs

Hat Tip and Thanks: Matt R. Weaver

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.