Library launches Hoopla digital service

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — There’s a new way to get movies and music from the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, which just launched Hoopla Digital.

The service allows library patrons to stream or download movies, music or audio books onto their smart phone, tablet and computer for free. A library card is needed to access the material on Hoopla.

“We think it’s really important to stay on the edge and make sure our customers can access materials in multiple formats. And that they’re not limited because we’re not keeping up with the times,” said Library Director Heidi Daniel.

The service is free to library card holders, but the library system will pay anywhere from $1.50 to $3 per download. Uses will be limited to six downloads per month.

“This is part of our materials budget. We didn’t change our materials budget, we just looked at some new services we might want to offer,” Daniel said.

Daniel said they want to balance the library’s traditional, physical collection with the new digital avenues available. And she hopes it opens up the library to new patrons.

“It’s also a nice way to pull in that user who may be on the go a lot, travels, doesn’t get to come into our physical building as often. Now you can literally take the library with you,” Daniel said.

The local library is one of 30 nationwide to use Hoopla.

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