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Experimental download service available through Harford libraries

Harford County Public Library has initiated a new program called "hoopla" that allows library patrons borrow thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks via smart phone, tablet or computer. With an HCPL library card, hoopla makes downloading and watching movies, television shows easy, and free.

Harford County Public Library is one of seven national libraries to Beta test hoopla and provide critical feedback to hoopla's vendor, Midwest Tapes, before it is made available nationwide. Harford County Public Library staff has been testing hoopla and now it is time for Library customers to test it, too!

"hoopla is terrific addition to the Library's array of downloadable products and it is significant that our customers will now be part of the developmental piece of this new service," Mary Hastler, library system director, said in a press release.

Library card holders will be to electronically borrow movies, TV episodes and music albums and watch with any compatible device. Unlike other streaming audio and video services, customers do not pay a monthly subscription fee making hoopla the first app of its kind for public libraries. The application is designed for users of all ages and skill levels, and is as easy to navigate as the library shelves. With mobile devices, hoopla allows patrons to take the library with them wherever they go.

When the testing period is over and hoopla is fully launched later this summer, library patrons will enjoy access to more than 300,000 movies, videos and music albums. hoopla was designed and published by Midwest Tape, LLC, a leader in library media service for more than 25 years.

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