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Listen to the 'Rogue One' soundtrack for free

Can't get enough of the new "Star Wars" movie? If you've got a library card -- yep, you read that right -- you can stream or download the soundtrack.

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Enjoy the soundtrack free for seven days!

Hoopla Digital

I haven't seen "Rogue One" yet, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to dig the music. This despite the fact that, for the first time in "Star Wars" history, someone other than John Williams wrote the score.

That someone: Michael Giacchino, whose credits include such little-known films as "Star Trek" (2009), "Star Trek Into Darkness," "Up" and "Ratatouille," and such TV shows as "Lost" and "Alias." So, yeah.

(Side note: I have special love for the James Horner soundtracks from "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" and "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock," so I was surprised to find myself just as enamored with Giacchino's work on the "Star Trek" reboots. Great stuff for sci-fi music fans like me.)

How to get the 'Rogue One' soundtrack for free

Want to check it out for yourself? You can buy the soundtrack, of course, but why not leverage your library card instead? Hoopa Digital, a media service that works with libraries across the country, currently has "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" available for checkout.

Sound familiar? Back in July, I wrote about Hoopla's offering of various "Star Trek" audiobooks ahead of the release of "Star Trek Beyond" (a colossal disappointment, if you care what I think).

For those unfamiliar with it, Hoopla allows you to borrow movies and e-books as well as albums and audiobooks. To get "Rogue One," you'll need to see if your library is a partner (by calling or visiting its website).

Alternately, head straight to Hoopla's registration page, where you'll need to create an account anyway. It will display libraries in your area -- including yours, hopefully. But if yours isn't listed, try clicking one that's nearby. Many libraries belong to the same network and can therefore share services.

Success? You can then borrow the soundtrack for seven days, during which time you can stream it (via a browser or the Hoopla app) or download it (only via one of the apps) for offline listening.

May the music be with you!