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Watch this brief video to get started with hoopla in minutes!

What is hoopla?

Hoopla is a free service that allows you to check out and read, watch, or listen to audiobooks, movies, tv shows, eBooks, comics, and music using your library card.  Titles are always available, so there's never a wait. Because titles expire on their own, you don't have to worry about returning them or accruing fines.

How many items can I check out?

8 titles per month. That's any combination of audiobooks, movies, tv shows, eBooks, comics, and music albums.

Can I keep the titles I check out?

No, titles are only borrowed. And returning an item doesn't free up another checkout.

Lending Periods:

Audiobooks, eBooks & Comics: 21 days

Movies: 72 hours for most titles; very few for 48 hours

Music: 7 days (the same album may only be checked out twice in a 30-day period)

TV Shows: 72 hours for most titles; very few for 48 hours. Each episode counts as one title

The lending period resets on the 1st of the month

Can I access hoopla while vacationing overseas?

You can, the only format you may have trouble with is movies, as they are only licensed in the United States and Canada. Most music, eBooks, comics, and audiobooks are globally licensed.

What do I need to use hoopla?

  1. An email account
  2. A valid, current Northbrook Public Library card
  3. A computer, tablet, or smartphone
  4. An Internet connection

Watch/listen on your computer:

  1. Go to www.hoopladigital.com
  2. Sign up with your library card (enter it without spaces) and create an account. Once your account is set up, you'll sign in with the email address and password you created.
  3. Search for music, movies/tv shows, eBooks, comics, or audiobooks
  4. Borrow the item
  5. Install the free Widevine plugin to watch movies or tv shows
  6. Stream and watch, listen, or read the item on your computer

Watch/listen on your tablet or smartphone:

  1. Download the hoopla Digital app from your app store
  2. Sign up with your library card (enter it without spaces) and create an account. Once your account it set up, you'll sign in with the email address and password you created.
  3. Search for music, movies/tv shows, eBooks, comics, or audiobooks
  4. Borrow the item
  5. Stream the item or download it to your device to watch, listen, or read it. You'll need to download if you plan on using your item without wi-fi.

Does hoopla work with game consoles, Roku, and Chromecast?

Hoopla works with Chromecast, but not game consoles or Roku.

Does hoopla work with Apple TV?

Hoopla works with Apple TV via AirPlay. Watch this video for step-by-step instructions. For iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad:

1. Make sure the device and Apple TV are on the same network.
2. Sign into hoopla.
3. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up your menu.
4. Select "AirPlay" which is located under the volume controls.
5. Select Apple TV. (will display whatever the Apple TV is named)
6. Turn "Mirroring" on by tapping the button next to mirroring.
7. Your TV should now display "hoopla Enjoy the show."
8. Your device will now be ready to stream to your Apple TV.

Can I watch/listen/read on more than one device or computer at once?

You can only watch/listen/read to the same title on one device or computer at a time; there is no simultaneous playback.

What is Kids Mode?

hoopla Kids Mode is the gateway setting for accessing everything in this multi-format, children's digital media experience. It's the place where you, and kids, will be able to discover all the great kids content, with one swipe.

How do I activate Kids Mode?

Kids Mode is very simple to active. Once you are logged into your account, click your email address in the upper right. Then click on the Kids Mode box, and scroll to the bottom and click update. Click here for a guide on how to activate kids mode

What kinds of titles are in hoopla?

The collection includes many popular movies, shows, audiobooks, eBooks, comics, and music. However, hoopla can only make available what publishers and studios will sell to them and in turn, to libraries. hoopla is always adding new titles and working with providers to increase the selection.

What size are the files?

Average sizes are 900mb for movies, 35mb music and 200mb audiobooks.