Streaming Music


Alexander Street Music

Enjoy an incredible variety of music with Alexander Street music databases. Search all the Alexander Street music and performing arts streaming databases in one place by clicking the link above, or choose a specific collection below.

Bay Beats Local Music

Discover more than 100 local acts from all genres. Stream tracks online or download them with your SFPL card. Look for our second submission round to open in 2024!



From people who love music for people who love music

SFPL's Bay Beats is a brand-new local music streaming service that celebrates and supports the Bay Area music community. Listen to music from more than 100 musicians (and growing) currently performing and creating music in the Bay Area.


Here’s how it works:

Local musicians will have the opportunity to submit a selection of original tracks for inclusion in Bay Beats.

A panel with strong ties to the diverse Bay Area music communities will review submissions and select albums.

If chosen and upon signing a licensing agreement, musicians receive an honorarium payment for their participation.

Anyone looking to delve into the vibrant local music scene can stream music on Bay Beats, while SFPL card holders can download albums.

…And did we mention that this service is all free🙹

Bay Beats has partnered with Amoeba, an independent music store, to make our site a vibrant part of the local music community. In addition to our online presence, we plan to host events and concerts featuring the musicians on the site.  

If you have an idea, a suggestion or want to collaborate with us, contact us at


hoopla Music

Access newly released popular music albums with portable devices including smartphones and tablets as well as conventional computers. Check our FAQ for software requirements and other details.

  1. Get the hoopla digital mobile app for AndroidiOS or Amazon Fire tablet. You can also access hoopla digital in a web browser at
  2. Register for a free hoopla digital account. You'll need your library card number and email address.
  3. Log into your hoopla digital account.
  4. Use the search box to find titles or browse by format.
  5. Borrow a title and play it right away.

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Rock’s Backpages

Music journalism from the 1960s to the present, including audio interviews from Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, and Kurt Cobain, and more. Contains non-music-streaming content.