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We are excited to announce today the official release of a new streaming service called Hoopla Digital – expanding their online digital portfolio of materials to patrons. Library card holders of all ages can now access a massive digital library of over 300,000 movies, TV shows, eBooks, Audio Books, comics, and music online at www.hoopladigital.com at no cost. There are no wait times and patrons can borrow up to 3 items per month. Content can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device, or platform by downloading the Hoopla Digital app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.
“This is a big deal for libraries to offer this service – staff is very excited and I know our patrons will be too,” says John Huddy, Director of Handley Regional Library System. “You can download materials anywhere with an internet connect from home, in the library, or with your mobile device through their website or mobile app. With no waiting and the ability to borrow 3 items a month, titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. The streaming service has something for all ages – includes fan favorite movies, albums, eBooks, STEAM content – there’s thousands of items to select from and Hoopla and it’s all free to the patron!”
“Hoopla is super easy to use,” adds Matt Swain, Public Relations Manager and Technology Coordinator for the library system. “Our librarians have explored this service for some time looking at all of our options, taking product demonstrations, meeting with vendors, and exploring what makes the most sense for our patrons in terms of content and the user experience. They did a great job. To get started, simply go to hoopladigital.com or download the Hoopla Digital app, register with your library card, and you’re ready to start streaming. You can browse online, favorite an item to borrow later, see recommendations, and a lot more. There’s even a mode for kids based on content rating.”
The library system reports that nearly 850,000 books and digital items were borrowed last fiscal year and expects that number to increase greatly with Hoopla.
“Handley Regional Library System plays a critical role to the communities we serve,” adds Huddy. “Our circulation continues to grow, especially with the addition of this new product, and we had over 370,000 library visitors and over 54,000 program attendees last fiscal year. We look forward to continue to connect the community to information and entertainment.”