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NORTH VERNON — Patrons of the Jennings County Public Library now can use their personal digital devices to download free movies, television shows, music videos and audiobooks.
The library has entered into a contract with Hoopla Digital to give anyone with a library card access to materials outside the domain of the library. Hoopla is a privately owned company designed to increase library services through current technology.
“We want to make the newest and best available to meet the public demand and Hoopla is a way to make that happen,” said Mary Hougland, the library’s director. “The library pays for each time the service is used, and there is no charge to the user.”
A Hoopla app is loaded to an individual device and then the card holder. After the app is loaded to a device, movies, music, television shows and audio books can be loaded to smartphones, tablets and computers from anywhere.
There is no waiting list for access to any program or video. Regardless of how many other people are downloading the same program, the program can be immediately downloaded or streamed.
Each library patron can use the system up to 10 times each month.
The free mobile app is available from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android devices.
“(The system) is very user friendly. But if anyone has trouble, they can call or come into the library, and a member of the staff can help them. All library staff members have been trained on the system,” Hougland said.
There are no late fees because the service shuts down automatically after a set time for use. Each movie or television program is available for three days after being loaded to the device. Music is loaned for seven days and audiobooks for 21 days.
“There are other companies that provide similar services to libraries, but this one offers the opportunity for the library to only pay when the service is actually used. We’ll see how it goes,” Hougland said. “I think people will really like it; and if they do, we will keep the service.”
For more information on signing into Hoopla, go to the JCPL website at www.jenningslib.org.
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