Library to offer digital content through streaming
Streaming movies, television shows, music and audiobooks — that’s the latest and greatest technology available to patrons of the Pueblo City-County Library District through the Hoopla service.
Hoopla allows people with a library card in good standing to digitally borrow movies, television shows, music and audiobooks on their computers, mobile devices and laptops, for free. The innovation is just the latest in digital technology for the library.
“We’ve had people asking about it the last couple of years,” said Jill Deulen, collective development librarian. “We had all these other formats that we offer, like eBooks, e-magazines and audio, so the next natural step was streaming video.”
The Hoopla program debuted within the PCCLD just before Christmas, and it was just the third library district in Colorado to offer the service. At that time, there were about 80 libraries throughout the country utilizing Hoopla, and already that number has nearly doubled.
Using Hoopla is simple. Sign up for the service using your library card number and an email address. Download the free Hoopla digital app to an IOS or Android device, or simply use an internet browser. Then begin “checking out” media. Music can be checked out for seven days, audiobooks for three weeks, and movies and TV shows are available for three-day periods. Patrons can borrow a limit of 10 items total per month.
There’s no waiting to borrow popular items, and the automatic return feature eliminates late fees. Once a title is borrowed, it is automatically available on all devices with the Hoopla digital app and via computer web browsers. Immediate streaming is available, or content can be downloaded to view at a later date. Also, the content can be accessed an unlimited number of times during the checkout period.
“This is what people expect from their libraries now,” Deulen said. “Digital content.”
Hoopla does not currently work with the Kindle devices, but Deulen said an application is being developed.
Brand new music is available through Hoopla, which is a great way to preview an entire album before purchasing digitally or on a CD. Movies and television shows aren’t brand new because “you just can’t get that,” Deulen said, but there are thousands of titles in all genres to browse and enjoy.
To get started with Hoopla, visit www.hoopladigital.com.