If you use streaming services like Netflix, YouTube or Spotify, then you should love Hoopla.
It lets you stream more than 300,000 movies, TV episodes, audiobooks and music albums to your smartphones, tablets and computers. You can use it 24 hours a day, and it’s as available as your nearest Internet connection or WiFi hotspot.
And, like all of our digital services, it’s free if you have a Mentor Public Library card.
Until recently, you could stream up to five audiobooks, movies or albums per month. But that wasn’t enough, so we’re doubling it to 10!
That means you no longer have to pick between streaming the Frozen soundtrack, Ariana Grande’s My Everything, What’s Going On, or A Love Supreme; watching To Kill a Mockingbird, My Little Pony or Brewster’s Millions; or listening to the audiobook versions of The Hunger Games, King Lear and Veronica Roth’s Insurgent, .
You can do it all, and then try something new next month!
To use Hoopla, you need only download its app from the Apple or Android store.
If you prefer to stream onto your computer, you can visit www.hoopladigital.com and the site offers all the same videos, music and audiobooks as the app. The Hoopla web site is compatible with browsers Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Once the app is downloaded (or you’re on the Hoopla web site,) you only need to provide an email address and your library card number. Then you can browse and borrow from Hoopla’s extensive library and watch or listen wherever they are.
If any of that sounded confusing, MPL Librarian Mary Pelton made a video that walks you through the sign-up process.
On Hoopla, you can borrow a video for three days, a music album for seven and an audiobook for 21 days.
Using cloud computing, you can even borrow titles with your home computer, begin watching on a tablet and resume watching with your smartphone—anywhere there’s an Internet connection.
If you are going somewhere without an Internet connection, then you can download a title using the Hoopla app and watch or listen to it later. (For DRM reasons, downloading is only available on the app—not on Internet browsers.)
In addition to Hoopla, Mentor Public Library also offers several other digital services. You can stream independent films from festivals around the globe using IndieFlix, you can download mp3s using Freegal, borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks using OverDrive, learn another language with Transparent Language or borrow digital versions of magazines using Zinio.
You also have access to dozens of databases with information on topics from auto repair to local history to case law.
And—once more, with feeling—all of these services are free with a Mentor Public Library card.