The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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June 23, 2014

Hyped up over Hoopla

— LEWISBURG — The Union County Library System is offering a new, refreshingly quick and free way to get music, television shows, movies, and audiobooks. Starting July 1, library patrons can use Hoopla Digital to access an array of audio and video materials via Netflix-style streaming on their computers, tablets and smart phones. It’s the latest addition to the library’s extensive menu of electronic resources.

All Hoopla content is available on demand. No holds necessary. No waiting. Users can watch or listen to their selections via online streaming or by temporarily downloading selections to a mobile device for viewing without an internet connection. Downloaded titles are automatically removed at the end of their checkout period, eliminating worries about late fees. The service works from all major browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome.

Hoopla’s digital collection counts tens of thousands of titles — some 100,000 CDs; 10,000 audiobooks; 3,000 movies; and 500 TV series — and continues to expand. Because the library is charged each time an item is checked out on one of its cards, it currently limit users to four items per card per month. Each TV episode counts as an item. Checkout time for videos is 72 hours. For music CDs, it’s seven days. And for audiobooks, it’s three weeks. All you need is a valid library card.

To get started, visit www.hoopladigital.com and click ‘Sign Up.’ Tablet and smart phone users can download the Hoopla app from their app store (just search for “Hoopla Digital”). For more information visit the website www.unioncountylibrarysystem.com or visit any of the three libraries: The Public Library for Union County, Herr Memorial Library and West End Library.

 

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