Hoopla on its way to local library | News | The Press and Standard

by | July 29, 2016 5:00 pm

Last Updated: July 27, 2016 at 3:44 pm

By GEORGE SALSBERRY
gsalsberry@lowcountry.com
Colleton County Memorial Library’s digital footprint will be expanding on Aug. 1.
Library Director Carl Coffin said that next Monday the library will roll out Hoopla, a new digital service.
“Those with a library card will be able to instantly borrow free digital movies, music, ebooks, audio books and graphic novels (comic books),” Coffin explained.
“This greatly expands our collection,” Coffin said.  Hoopla, he added, offers something that the library’s current digital service, Jasmine, is not able to provide — streaming movies and music.
Coffin said the library received some state funds and wanted to invest in more digital content. “A number of libraries in South Carolina are already offering Hoopla, it is growing in popularity. This is another way for our patrons who might not be able to come into the library to access our resources,” he explained.
“We are very fortunate to be able to provide this service to our patrons,” Coffin added.
Beginning Aug. 1, those with a current library card in good standing and an email address will be able to sign onto the new service.
Coffin said library patrons will be able to go www.hoopladigital.com or visit the library to sign on.  Coffin said the library will also be putting a link on its website.
Hoopla, he said, adds new content daily.
Library patrons will be able to checkout (download) 10 items a month.
Books and audio books will remain on a mobile device, laptop or home computer for 21 days before they are removed automatically.
Movies can be downloaded for three days; music and graphic novels, about a week.
Patrons using Jasmine sometimes have to wait for their ebook selection to become available. “With Hoopla, multiple users can watch or read simultaneously,” Coffin said. “There is no wait time. You don’t have to put a book on reserve.”
The library’s current plan is to keep Jasmine on-line when Hoopla rolls out. Coffin said, “Jasmine has content that Hoopla doesn’t, so we will continue to offer both services.”

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