Hoopla Offers Digital Access to Your Public Library – with No Late Fees

bannerDredge out your library card from whatever recess you chucked it in. You might want to use it with Hoopla, a new app that works with public libraries to bring you free videos, music, and audiobooks.

Hoopla works as long as you have a valid library card from a participating library. If you do, you can use the app to stream or temporarily download any of the titles your library stocks. Hoopla itself won’t impose any restrictions on how often the content can be accessed at one time, so in theory there would be no waiting lists to go through to access material. In practice, libraries will have to pay Hoopla per checked out item, so individual libraries might put a cap on how many times a given item can be checked out at once to prevent budgetary strain. The good news for libraries is that they’ll be able to save on maintenance costs, and there will be no set up or annual fees for partnering with Hoopla.

For now, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Edmonton Public Library, Hamilton Public Library, Harford County Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library, Orange County Library System, Salt Lake County Library Services, The Seattle Public Library, and Toledo-Lucas County Public Library are all on board, so if you’re in one of those areas, grab your library card. If not, stay tuned – Hoopla is expecting to have over 100 libraries in the fold by the end of the year.