Hoopla

What is it?

  • Free instant access to thousands of e-books, e-audiobooks, comic books and graphic novels, movies, music albums, and television shows.

  • Accessible through the Hoopla Digital app for iOS 8 and above, Android, and Kindle Fire devices from 2015 or newer or through a web browser.

Getting Started

Through the app:

  1. In the app store on your iOS, Android, or Kindle Fire device, search for Hoopla Digital. Install and open the free app.

  2. Click the white Sign Up link.

  3. When prompted to choose your library, search for Manatee County Public Library.

  4. Create a Hoopla account by entering a valid email address, a password consisting of at least eight characters, and the barcode number from your library card.

  5. Click Sign Up to complete the registration process.

Through a web browser:

  1. Go to the library’s website and click on the orange Download & Stream button.

  2. Click on the Hoopla link. If accessing the website from outside of the library, you will be prompted to enter your barcode and PIN number at this point.

  3. Click on the blue Get Started button in the center of the page.

  4. Create an account for Hoopla by entering a valid email address and a password consisting of at least eight characters. Click Continue.

  5. Search for Manatee County Public Library and click Next.

  6. Enter the barcode number from the back of your library card.

  7. Click the blue Sign Me Up button to complete the registration process.

Finding Items

  • Search by title, author, actor, or artist.

  • Browse items by format. From there, you can look at Recommended, Featured, Popular, and Categories/Genres of items.

Checking Out Items

  1. Click on the Borrow button that appears when you hover over an item cover or when you click on it.

  2. If prompted, log in with the email address and password you used to create your Hoopla account.

  3. The item is now checked out to you.

Checkout Limits

  • E-books, e-audiobooks, & comics – 3 weeks

  • Music albums – 1 week

  • Movies & television shows – 3 days

  • 5 checkouts total per calendar month 

Downloading Items

  • When using the app, you have the option to download e-audiobooks, music, movies, and television shows after you check them out.

  • This allows you to listen to or watch the item without being connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular data network.

Returning Items

  • Items return automatically at the end of the loan period. No late fees!

  • To return an item early, scroll to the bottom of the item summary and click on the “return now” link. Note that returning an item early doesn’t impact your five checkouts per month limit. 

Features

  • Mark an item as a favorite to save it for later.  

  • Action View allows you to read comics and graphic novels panel by panel, rather than viewing the entire page at once. Activate Action View by clicking or tapping on a panel.

  • Movies and television shows are compatible with Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku. You may also be able to connect your device to your television with an HDMI adapter.

  • Chapter Screens in the Menu allow you to skip around in e-books and e-audiobooks. 

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