The Metropolitan Library System is now offering free digital media streaming to library customers. Hoopla offers digital streaming much like Netflix, but it is free with a library card.
The library system partnered with the digital web platform Hoopla to offer movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks and eBooks 24/7 without holds or waits. The free digital streaming service includes over 450,000 titles.
“We are excited to bring streaming services to our library customers. We recognize that streaming services are the leading method of digital media consumption, and our library strives to make information as accessible as possible to its customers,” MLS Interim Executive Director Kay Bauman said.
Through the streaming service, library customers can check out materials at any time without a wait, and the application automatically returns titles after the lending period.
The Hoopla app is available on Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV and Roku players.
In addition to streaming movies and TV available on Hoopla, customers can access thousands of eBook titles for both adults and children. Hoopla released immersive eReader technology, maintaining the look of picture book illustrations and accompanying materials with an audio read-along for early readers.
Streaming services have become a dominant digital medium in the United States. Over 60 percent of Americans ages 18 to 29 and over 35 percent of Americans ages 30 to 49 reported online streaming as the primary way they watch television, according to a Pew Research Study in 2017.