Hoopla, a library site with free eBooks, movies, music and more

Full disclosure: My original plan was to create a “3 Best Places to Find Free Ebooks, Music, and Movies” column where I found three different but excellent sites for you.

Then I discovered that one excellent site in particular stood out as the best overall mix of all. So I figured instead of sending you to the farthest corners of the web for all your free content needs, I might instead give you a single convenient destination.

You and I are both busy people, so let’s get started right away, shall we?

hoopla

That’s the site: Hoopla. What’s the catch? There are three.

First, you need a library card. That part isn’t that hard. Second, your library must be a Hoopla partner. That doesn’t seem too difficult to me. I live in a small town and our library works with Hoopla.

On this map you can see if your library is on board. Do that before creating an account.

As you can see on the map, there are a lot from on-board libraries.

And finally, the third snag – and it’s a fair one – is that Hoopla acts like a library, meaning you “borrow” content for a certain number of days. However, unlike a real library, you don’t have to worry about returning the borrowed items on time. It will expire on its own and will not be accessible to you unless you borrow it again.

It depends on the publisher, but most movies and TV shows are available for three days. Most music is available for seven days. Most books, including audiobooks, e-books, and comics, are available for 21 days.

Now your local library also determines how many items you can borrow at one time. Mine has a limit of 10.

Your library also determines whether renewals are allowed. If this is the case, you will receive a message asking if you want to borrow it again 24 hours before your content is due for return.

How’s the content?

Is this the same as subscribing to Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, Peacock, and HBO Max all at once? No, that’s not it. Hoopla isn’t just a repository for old public domain books and under-performing independent films, though. there is real content here.

Check out these pages for popular movies, popular shows, popular music, and popular e-books to get an idea of ​​what’s available.

So there is something for everyone and plenty to eat. you have the charm soundtrack, the Harry Potter series, Hot in Cleveland with the late, great Betty White, and of course the excellent coming-of-age hit 13 on the way to the 30† There are plenty of duds out there too, but free is free.

Perhaps the best part, especially if you like watching movies and TV, is that Hoopla has apps for Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, and Roku. There are also apps for iPhone and Android.

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