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Hoopla Guide: How to Borrow Movies, Music, e-Books, and More



Nancy is the New Orleans Public Library's e-resources librarian.

Hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service that allows Library cardholders to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on their computer, tablet, or phone — even their TV! Instead of having holds and wait periods, Library cardholders can borrow titles anytime they want.  However, they are limited to 20 borrows each month. 

With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. Hoopla offers hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from with more being added daily. Hoopla is like having the Library at your fingertips –– anytime, anywhere!

Hoopla Features

Hoopla Music
Hoopla is the only digital library service to offer full music albums, many on release date At home, at work, or anywhere, anytime, you can listen to your favorite sounds. Hoopla even lets you shuffle albums to DJ your next party! 

Kids Mode
Hoopla offers Kids Mode, a kid-friendly setting for finding videos, music, and books. While in Kids Mode, Hoopla will only show kid-appropriate content in your browse and search results. After signing in to Hoopla, change to Kids Mode by clicking on “settings,” which is located on the top right of the home page. 

Book Club Hub
Hoopla provides all the resources you need to host clubs in person or virtually. Find discussion guides, author Q&As, further recommended reading, meeting planners, and more! With every Book Club title available on Hoopla instantly, with no holds, no waiting, and no late fees, book clubs of all sizes will love being able to access their title on Hoopla all at the same time. 

Another great Hoopla feature is the BingePass. A BingePass lets you, well, binge! Entire collections of streaming content are at your fingertips with just one borrow. Get seven days of unlimited access to Hoopla’s partners’ platforms by borrowing a BingePass. Examples include The Great Courses, Hoopla Magazines, Hellosaurus, Curiosity Stream, and Hallmark Movies Now. 

Multiple Languages
There are currently 105 languages represented on Hoopla across the seven formats, including 16 languages with over 1,000 or more titles. Most languages are findable now as a search under the genre tab of each format. There are over 174,000 non-English titles that are instantly available in Hoopla, including over 90,000 Spanish language titles. 

Accessing Hoopla

To access Hoopla from the New Orleans Public Library’s website homepage, click on “Stream & Download” under the Read, Listen, & Watch tab. Scroll down to Hoopla and click “tutorial” if you’d like to watch a brief video to help you get started. Or click “Hoopla” to choose your Library and enter your Library card number and PIN.

You will also be asked for your email address, which will be your username once you finish creating your Hoopla account. You will also set up a password for your account.

If you would like to set up preferences, click the “settings” icon (the cogwheel in the top right corner), then click “recommendations.” Here, you can select genres that interest you. You may want to skip this part and come back later, or set up all your preferences from the start.

At this point, you can click the “BROWSE” dropdown list at the top of the page, where you can choose a format, or simply start scrolling to find Hoopla’s curated collections of recent, trending, and popular titles in each format. Hoopla will also include a recommended collection based on your preferences and borrowing history. 

Or, if you already know the title or author you are searching for, go ahead and enter it into the search field. You may also click on the empty search field to see a list of trending searches, use the advanced search option to search by series, format, borrow type, and other parameters.  After entering your parameters, click “submit” for your results:

We think you will love Hoopla as much as we do!

It’s so easy to use. During the Covid lockdown, I listened to Taylor Swift’s Folklore album many times through the Hoopla app, completely free with my Library card. 

The following titles are available now on Hoopla Music and I can’t wait to give them a listen: Janelle Monae’s new album The Age of Pleasure, All the Best-the Hits by Tina Turner, and the original Broadway cast recording of Kimberly Akimbo, which just won best musical at the 2023 Tony Awards.

You can use Hoopla on your browser, or get their app for your mobile device, tablet, or TV wherever you purchase your apps. 

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