San Francisco Public Library's new Bay Beats streaming music service has launched. (San Francisco Public Library)

The San Francisco Public Library has introduced a free streaming music platform — Baybeats — featuring Bay Area musicians.

The streaming service, which was announced this spring, went live on Saturday.

Albums from more than 100 artists from jazz to soul, rap to rock, classical to world were selected by a panel with strong ties to the Bay Area music communities, according to the library.

A screenshot of the San Francisco Public Library’s new Bay Beats music site taken Oct. 30, 2023, shows some of the albums by local artists that can be streamed or downloaded from the library’s curated collection. (Image via Bay Beats)

While anyone can stream the service, library cardholders can download albums.

The San Francisco library system is among several in the nation, including ones in New Orleans and Nashville, that have created their own music streaming platforms.