The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 26, 2014

Library offers free online movies, shows, music, audiobooks

BY JENNIFER BAILEY jbailey@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE — Danville Public Library officials announce the availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music and audiobooks, all available for online and mobile access through a new partnership with hoopla digital.

Residents with valid Danville Public LIbrary library cards can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device, or visit DanvillePublicLibrary.org to begin watching thousands of titles on their computer — from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers — available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their computer, smartphone, tablet and Apple TV.

Hoopla is a large digital collection of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks — all available for mobile and online access with a valid Danville Public Library card. The content is digital so there is no waiting period for popular titles, and hoopla’s automatic return means no late fees.

Library Audiovisual Director Mike Boedicker said the partnership is with Midwest Tape, one of the largest suppliers of audiovisual materials to libraries. The DPL started working with them about a year ago, Boedicker said.

The library started working with My Media Mall for downloading ebooks, audio books and some videos more than five years ago. But with that digital service, there are not the televisions shows, music of entire albums and Top 40 and different music genres, Boedicker said.

The library saw increases in sign ups for library cards with Media Mall and Boedicker expects it again with hoopla digital. Other libraries also have the service, such as in Champaign.

Movies may be 2 years old and older with hoopla, but a lot of the music is contemporary chart toppers and there are recent albums, Boedicker said.

“It’s a way to extend our collection. Everything that hoopla has, we have access to,” he said.

To start, library card holders are limited to five titles per month.

“We’ll see how well it does,” Boedicker said.

Videos can be borrowed for three days; music lends for seven days; and audiobooks lend for 21 days.

Boedicker said if someone wants to download new Britney Spears music, he or she can download the whole album and not just one track.

Library cardholders can access the collection through an Internet-connected computer or mobile device: computer users get access through the hoopla website. Playback of content requires the Widevine plugin for your browser. Mobile users with smartphones and tablets must download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device.

Once the app is downloaded to a device and/or clicked on the hoopla digital link, the user will be prompted to enter an email address, a password, library card number and library card PIN, usually the last four digits of the holder’s phone number. The system will validate the user is in good standing with the library, so that he or she may begin to browse, borrow and enjoy the content.

Users are able to access borrowed content as often as they want during the checkout period and can return any borrowed title at any time.

For information and to sign up, visit the library’s website at http://DanvillePublicLibrary.org.