This past semester, the Naxos Music Library was provided to the MIT community through a cooperative agreement with the Boston Library Consortium (BLC). This online audio service provides access to over 85,000 tracks of music (5,500 CDs)â€”the entire Naxos, Marco Polo and Da Capo catalogsâ€”plus other licensed independent labels. The majority of this music consists of classical pieces, although an increasing number of selections include jazz, blues, world and Chinese music. Naxos is available both on and off campus (MIT certificates required) to all MIT students, faculty, and staff.
The Naxos service appeals to a variety of listeners at MIT. The wide selection of repertoire has been helpful for teaching, and several music faculty have sent their students to Naxos for course listening assignments. Others listen to Naxos for enjoyment or to independently expand their knowledge of music literature.
According to statistics, this service is being used frequently. From September to December 2004, the Naxos site was accessed nearly 1400 times by MIT users, who listened to over 17,000 tracks of music.