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Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card.
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Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more, hoopla is a revolutionary digital service made possible by your local library.
From Hollywood blockbusters to best selling artists and authors – not just the hits, but the niche and hard-to-find as well – you’ll soon discover that hoopla provides you the freedom you've been searching for to experience, explore and enjoy what you want, when you want, and where you want.
Simple to access and use, without the hassle of having to return the items you’ve borrowed, all you need is your library card, a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started. The freedom you want is here, now. Sign up today!
What's New in Version 4.9.0
• Fixed an issue where trying to play a song was not working properly every time. In our defense, track 1 and 7 look very similar depending on the font.
• Fixed some issues with downloaded content not showing up or playing offline. We weren't 100% sure that was a problem, but we fixed it anyways.
• Fixed some issues with headphone volume controls causing multiple pieces of audio to play at the same time. While listening to different audio concurrently was fun, it was a bit too challenging for the human ear (my cat loved it, though).
Great Addition to public library services
I've only used Hoopla to check out and watch movies. I have an adapter for my iPhone that allows me to connect it to my TV via an HDMI cable. It works flawlessly. Streaming has been smooth, with no glitches whatsoever.
I see other reviews that complain about checkout limits and seemingly arbitrary due dates. I respectfully suggest that you communicate with your local library. Different libraries will have different policies. This is not Hoopla's fault. Hoopla is a service. Your library purchases a certain level of service. If you don't like the restrictions, take it up with your library.
Remember, too, that your library pays for these services. Just because digital content is conveniently accessed doesn't mean it's free. Limits are imposed by the content suppliers, according to the agreement with the library. If you want better services, vote "yes" on your next library millage.
I've used a lot of gasoline driving to the library to check out CDs, DVDs and books. They always have due dates and limits. Hoopla lets me check these materials out from my home. Where's the downside? I think Hoopla is great!
I want to love it...
I feel that I don't quite understand the concept. I can only borrow 6 items a month. This month runs from the first of the month through the last calendar day of the month regardless of when you sign up. Even if you "return" a book, you cannot check another out until next month. Even if you haven't finished a book it is "returned" whether you want to or not at the end of the month. I do not understand the point of all this since these are digital items, it is just annoying. I am not holding the book from someone else by keeping it longer. I should not be punished by keeping it a shorter amount of time either and not be allowed to check another out in its place. 6 borrowed items lasts me less than a week and now I have to wait ages to use the app again. It also lacks streaming ability through my tv so movie watching is limited to the small screen of my iPad. Also when reading ebooks, there is a bug that causes the rest of the book to disappear when you complete a chapter - you turn the page and there is nothing there. I have to leave the book and then open it again.
Has potential, needs to be developed
While I enjoy the purpose Hoopla serves, this app is an absolute mess. It's absolutely ridiculous that there's checkout periods instead of allowing continuous checkout and return of books. You should be allowed to return books instead of waiting for the three weeks to finish before you can checkout more. Furthermore, there's no notification or indication to say if you've borrowed the title before, risking one of your few checkout spaces toward a title you've already read. And then there's the downloading-- why on earth do you have to remain on the book's page as it downloads, instead of being allowed to browse? It's a ludicrously poor design that doesn't allow you to download multiple titles at once. There also should be a progress bar or notice that informs you of how much time remaining you have with your checkouts. Finally, it's beyond idiotic that if you browse following a search, scrolling down though the titles, and then download a book, that you return to the top of the page of search results instead of being returned to the spot where you left off browsing.