XENIA — Greene County Public Library card holders can now access hoopla digital — a new service that enables residents to enjoy on-demand content from their smart phones, tablets, PCS and Apple TV without waiting to borrow.
No reservations, no lines, no sell-outs and no late fees.
“One of the things that library systems have been looking for is continuing opportunities to continue bringing services to people in lots of different ways,” said Greene County Public Library Director Karl Colón. “We haven’t seen anything slowing down in use of our DVDs. (But) other folks who want to get content from us, maybe they don’t have time to come to the library.”
So now card holders just need to make a few clicks on their device or computer and they’ll be connected to Hollywood.
“It means that no matter where you are in the world … your library travels with you,” Colón said. “Not only do you have (movies) like Netflix, we also have a wonderful collection of music,” Colón said. “It’s just so wonderful all the different stuff you can get. We’re really excited about that.”
The amount of available content is growing and features classics and current hits.
Hoopla recently announced an enhanced service and new partnerships with Universal Pictures, MGM, National Geographic and BBC Worldwide. The new catalog now includes popular movies and shows such as “The Addams Family,” “The Planets,” “Death at a Funeral,” “Waking the Dead,” and “Liar Liar”as well as the latest album releases such as Drake’s “Nothing was the Same” and Katy Perry’s “Prism.”
“There’s kind of one place you can go to get so many of those different types of materials,” Colón said. “In addition to the streaming stuff, there’s also stuff … that you can download.”
Content is always available and patrons receive two weeks of streaming time. Then the movie or music is automatically returned when the allotted time has expired.
Colón said the response from the public as been positive.
“We’ve already had at least a few hundred folks sign up for the service in the first few days,” he said. “We’re so grateful folks in the county value both the traditional services we offer, but they also have adapted really quickly and very enthusiastically to those newer kinds of services we are offering.”
Patrons are limited to 20 checkouts per month, which is a good start, Colón said.
“Some of the other services that we looked at … have been a lot more restrictive,” he said.
Checkouts can be made all at once, or staggered over the month.
“I’ve got my 20 checkouts,” Colón said. “I’ve kind of stacked them out. With a little planning, you can make an awfully good thing of it.”
And Colón added that using hoopla was simple.
“From my point of view, I’m a gentleman of a certain age, it was very easy for me,” he said. “Downloading the app was very seamless. I just signed in, gave them my library card, told them what library I was with and I was off and running.”