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New Library Program Offers Digital Media to Patrons

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A library card can get you more than free books now at the Springfield-Greene County Library District.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A library card can get you more than free books now at the Springfield-Greene County Library District.


According to a press release, library patrons can now borrow more than 300,000 videos, audiobooks and music albums from a smartphone, tablet or web browser.


The new program is free through a new library lending service called “Hoopla.”


The link for Hoopla can be found on thelibrary.org homepage.


Hoopla allows patrons to use their valid library card to electronically borrow movies, TV episodes, audiobooks and music albums, and access them from any compatible device.  


Using access to cloud computing, library patrons can borrow these digital medias using a home computer. They could also begin watching on a tablet and switch to a smartphone.  


The service can be used anywhere as long as there is an Internet connection and is available to patrons with computers using Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari or FireFox Web browsers; tablets and smartphones (iOS 6 and Android 4.0).


Hoopla doesn’t require a monthly subscription fee, unlike other streaming audio and video services.

Here are the checkout periods:
·     Videos, 3 days (72 hours)
·     Music, 1 week
·     Audiobooks, 3 weeks
·     Checkout limits: 12 titles maximum per month, per person


There are no “holds” necessary because all content is always available.  When your lending period expires, titles are automatically removed from your library, making late fees a thing of the past.

To get started: Go to thelibrary.org and click on Hoopla. Create an account with your library card number. Click “Browse,” find a title, click “Borrow” and watch or listen wherever you are.

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