YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Something new has arrived at your Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.
It's called Hoopla. It's a new program that offers library cardholders around the clock on-line and mobile access to thousands of movies, TV shows, music and audio books.
Streaming digital material to a computer, a tablet or phone is something that library customers have been asking for.
"These are things that they want to have on their device to take with them or to listen to or have access to anywhere they are," said library spokesperson Debra McCullouigh
Using your library card, it takes just seconds to access the latest books, movies or music albums.
The program also eliminates waiting for a title to be available. Because it is digital, it allows for simultaneous usage of all materials.
"I can do a PC audio book. You can check out and listen to the same audio book. It could be 50 people listening to the same audio book. It doesn't matter," library director Heidi Daniels said.
Hoopla will reduce the amount of physical space the library needs for music, movies and audio books, while offering cardholders thousands of selections.
"Movies and TV shows have a three day loan period, audio books 21 days and music albums one week" said McCullough. "And the material automatically checks in and out of your device."
That means you will never have any late fees.