New Look for Library’s Streaming Service

For over a year Stark County District Library has offered cardholders access to a streaming service called Hoopla. Users can browse hundreds of thousands of movies, TV shows, albums and audio books – all available all the time. It’s kind of like Netflix from the library, except it’s free and offers more types of materials.  Hoopla recently made updates to their website and apps that they hope will improve your browsing experience. Major points of emphasis from Hoopla include:

  • New home screen
  • Borrowing, streaming, and/or downloading in fewer touches
  • Receive a more tailored experience with content recommendations based on your recent activity
  • Discover new content and narrow searches by genre with Browse/Search icon

Let’s take a look at some of the new changes. Home Screen The changes are visible right away as the new user-friendly home screen opens in your browser. There is less clutter making it very easy to navigate the site. All action buttons are in plain sight – Search, Log In, and Browse. Click the Log In button in the top right corner to log in or create an account. Once logged in the titles you currently have checked out appear at the top of the home screen under My Titles. Simply click on one of these to watch or listen. 01_hoopla

If your My Titles area is empty, or you simply want to browse the site, this update makes it very easy to do that. Simply scroll down the view what’s available in Movies, Music, Audiobooks, and Television. A sample of each is displayed on this page. To view more options either click on one of the gray circles below the last row of cover images or Browse All. 02_hoopla

The gray circles will display a few more options. The Browse All link allows you to browse all items in that material type. From here you can view what’s Recommended, what is being Featured, and what is Popular. To browse genres click on the Browse link and select a genre from the list. 03_hoopla

Fewer touches

Once you find a title you like simply click on the cover image. From there click Borrow to check the item out; then Play to begin watching immediately. 05_hoopla

Note the message at the top of the screen that tells you how long you have access to this item:

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Favorites Users already familiar with Hoopla might find these updates easy to figure out. The one exception however could be your Favorites. Hoopla allows you to add items to your Favorites allowing you to quickly find that title in the future. In the previous version of Hoopla this was very easy to find. It’s kind of hidden in this update. At the top of the home screen in the My Titles section there is a See All link. Click that to find your favorites. 07_hoopla

Whether you are new to Hoopla or have already been enjoying this service hopefully this post helps you navigate through site’s new look. More information about this update can be found here on the Hoopla website.

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