Last updated: May 12. 2014 7:33PM - 867 Views
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LIMA — Lima Public Library public relations head Kim Sommer said the library is doing what it has always done.


They are just now doing it in a different way.


Public libraries have gone high-tech to keep up with trends across the nation, and the library is keeping step. Beginning Monday, Lima Public Library cardholders can now download free movies, audiobooks, and television programs on their smartphones, tablets and computers, available through a new partnership with Hoopla Digital. All that’s needed is a current Lima Public Library card.


“It is what people want,” Sommer said. “It is what we have seen with the popularity of eBooks. We see people come in with their different devices and that is what they are using.”


Sommer said Hoopla provides the materials and patrons can go through the list of what is available. She added that anybody who has used streaming such as Netflix will instantly know how to use the program.


LPL cardholders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or iOS device, or visit hoopladigital.com, to begin enjoying thousands of titles — from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers — available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers.


Hoopla digital has a simple sign-up and attractive, easy to use interface. There’s no waiting to borrow popular movies, TV shows, albums or audiobooks. And Hoopla Digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees.


Patrons can register for an account by visiting hoopladigital.com or using the Hoopla app on their iOS or Android mobile device. All that is needed to register is an email address, a password, and a library card.


To borrow a title, click on the titles icon and then click the “Borrow” button. The borrowed titles can be found under the “My Titles” tab for viewing/listening. Borrowed titles will be automatically returned when your lending period is over.


Cardholders may borrow up to eight items each month. Movies check out for three days; TV episodes and music may be checked out for seven days; and audiobooks check out for 21 days.


It is the wave of the future,” Sommer said. It is so much easier than anything we have seen before.”


Sommer said test runs have been done with the staff.


“They have been loving it,” Sommer said. “Its so easy to use.”


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