SEKLS is offering Hoopla, a streaming service for libraries from Midwest Tape. Hoopla allows your patrons to borrow (stream or download) digital materials to enjoy on their computer, tablet, phone, or smart TV. Hoopla has about 650,000 titles, including movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows. The service is available 24/7 and there are no limits on simultaneous users, so there are never waiting lists to use the materials.
All SEKLS public and academic libraries are eligible to participate (Hoopla does not serve schools). If you decided not to participate initially but would like to join, contact Roger Carswell at SEKLS.
Patron registration and authentication
Patrons will register for Hoopla at HooplaDigital.Com. They will enter their e-mail address and library. For SEKnFind, PSU Library Consortium, and some standalone ILS libraries, Hoopla will authenticate patrons against your database. Libraries with an ILS which does not allow for such authentication, or which are not automated, will either have to allow patron registration without authentication or establish a patron database through SEKnFind for authentication purposes only.
For the initial period SEKLS will pay the entire cost. The funds SEKLS deposited with Hoopla are anticipated to last through most of 2019 (although usage will determine that).
After that, SEKLS will place funds in library accounts monthly. Your library will pay for charges monthly for your patrons beyond what SEKLS funds cover. Hoopla will bill you monthly for any charges beyond what SEKLS funds are in your account. Alternatively, you could deposit money in your account in advance. You can place a limit on the number of circulations per month each patron is allowed. You can also set a monthly budget, which you can think of as a cap. Your monthly cost may be capped at whatever level you determine.