Looking for ebooks, movies, music, and other entertainment online? MCPL has a new service, Hoopla, that offers all this and more. And it’s free with your MCPL library card.
Hoopla offers six different types of content: audiobooks, comics, ebooks, movies, music, and television series. All items in Hoopla are available immediately. There are no waiting lists! When you see something you like, you can download or stream it immediately. Customers can download or stream up to 10 items each month.
Hoopla content can be viewed on a variety of devices, including computers, tablets, cell phones, and smart TVs. Just search your favorite app store for Hoopla or see this list of compatible technologies.
Borrowing times differ by format. The lending period for audiobooks, comics, and ebooks is 21 days. Music is for 7 days. Movies and television shows can be borrowed for up to 3 days.
Hoopla offers content for adults, teen, and children. Customers can easily switch Hoopla to its Kid Only setting to quickly find material best for children. Hoopla also offers material in dozens of languages, including Chinese, French, and Spanish.
The part of Hoopla I’m most excited about are the comics and graphic novels. Hoopla has over eighteen thousand of these! They include the standard DC and Marvel titles you’d expect, like Superman, Batman, Black Panther, and the Avengers. But there’s also science fiction, mystery, humor, and literary fiction, as well as nonfiction graphic novels such as March by civil rights leader John Lewis. I’m currently reading the comic series Y: The Last Man, a post-apocalyptic story centered on Yorick Brown, the only man to survive a mysterious event that killed every other male mammal on earth.
Don’t already have a MCPL library card? No worries. Residents of Maryland, DC, and Virginia can get a digital MCPL library card that may be used to place holds in our catalog and access most of our online services, including Hoopla. Sign up today!