Victoria Public Library is expanding its digital offering with Hoopla, a new streaming service that will allow adult library card holders to access audiobooks, e-books, movies, music, shows television and graphic novels.
Residents can register on hoopladigital.com using an email address and library card number.
Hoopla is available through computer, phone, tablet, virtual assistants such as Alexa, and smart TV services such as Roku and Apple TV. Residents can also access the service via the Hoopla app on mobile devices.
Residents can borrow up to five items per month with the option to borrow more than one item at a time.
While the library offers other eBook and audiobook services, such as Flipster and OverDrive, Hoopla will help meet the demand for graphic novels and audiovisual materials. Library technical services manager Katrine Villela said DVDs and graphic novels are among the most popular items the library offers at checkout.
Villela also said that Hoopla’s music library will help complement existing services by offering more recent albums.
Library staff members often visit other libraries in communities near Victoria or with similar demographics to learn about services that might be well received here. Villela said he has spoken to many library officials who have received positive feedback on Hoopla.
“The service is very easy to register and use,” Villela said. “We are convinced that Hoopla will be accessible to our residents and that they will appreciate the range of materials available.
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