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Hello Derek, You can find new CDs by clicking on Books, DVDs and Music on the dark blue masthead at the top of the TPL webpage. You will see a link there called New Music. You can sort by artist, title, date or newest additions. We are definitely continuing to purchase new classical CDs for the library system. You can also access the Naxos Music Library from the TPL website which has over 144, 000 classical CDs available for streaming and Medici.tv which has performances and masterclasses. Our DVD collection has lots of classical music performances as well. Enjoy!
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Hello Steve, The CD collection in Arts is only music. There are many other libraries that have audiobooks on CD and they are all circulating. You can find them in the library catalogue by searching the title you're interested in, then using the Type filter on the left and clicking on Audiobooks. If you want to see a list of available audiobooks, go to the Advanced search and choose Audiobooks. You can also limit by branch, language, fiction or non-fiction. Don't put anything in the search box, just click search. I hope you find some great new titles to listen to.
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Hello Nathanng, Thank you for your comments. We decided to let the CDs in Arts circulate to allow as many people as possible to have a chance to listen to them before the medium disappears. Circulation can be hard on items, but we felt it was worth the risk to make the collection more accessible. We have a few specialty collections like musicals, which we collect comprehensively, that we decided to keep as reference to preserve them as long as we can. Canadian material, Indigenous recordings from around Turtle Island and boxed sets are the other specialty collections that are staying reference.
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Hello Raymond, Thank you for your comments and support. It's certainly a hard life being a circulating CD in a public library system. There's book sorters and drop-boxes and all manner of borrowers to contend with. There will, of course, be some casualties, and we won't be able to replace the ones that are out of print, but we hope they will get lots of use first and that our many CD fans will take good care of them during the journey. Enjoy the collection!
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Glad you're enjoying our CDs, Dawn. There are many treasures in the Arts collection that are not available elsewhere in the library system. Happy hunting!
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Hello Icarus, Thank you for your expert commentary. I have seen lots of articles in music magazines about "lossy" compression and its effect on the listening experience. It seems to be an ongoing debate among serious music listeners in all genres. I'm glad that at Toronto Public Library people have access to a wide variety of music formats and choose their favourites. But my ears agree with yours that CDs have the sonic edge.
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Hello Ariel, There are definitely lots of Baroque and Medieval music discs in the TPL CD collection, and the collection from Arts is especially rich in music from these periods. I hope you find a few new favourites.
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Hello Anne, Thanks for your reply. That's one of the things I love most about the library's music collections -- whether you like vinyl, CDs or streaming ( or all three!), you can find them at TPL.
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Thanks, Beau. You are my people! Long live the CD. Enjoy the collection.
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Hello Susan, You can search all of the Arts CDs in the catalogue and either place holds or note the call numbers and come in and get them on the 5th floor of the Reference Library. Enjoy!
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