Albert Lea Public Library now offers streaming movies, television episodes, movies, music, ebooks, comics, and audio books through Hoopla. Popular titles are always available so you can borrow what you like, when you like.
Getting Started With Hoopla Streaming Media
You’ll need a few things to use streaming media:
- Your library card and 4-digit PIN
- One of these supported web browsers or mobile devices:
- Internet Explorer 8 or higher
- Firefox version 8 or higher
- Google Chrome
- Device with iOS 6 or higher
- Device with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher
- A Hoopla account
- An app for your mobile device or add-on for your browser. You’ll be prompted to install the browser add-on if when you play your first title on your computer. If you’re using a supported mobile device, you can download the Hoopla app from the appropriate app store:
You can learn all about the service on the Hoopla site help page. We’ve answered some common questions below as well.
How many titles may I check out?
You may check out 10 titles in a calendar month. Although you may return titles early, doing so will not allow you to stream more than 10 titles per month. One check out consists of any of these items:
- A movie
- A television episode
- A comic book
- A music album
- An audio book
Loan Periods & Renewals
- Holds: Titles are always available—no holds required!
- Loan periods:
- 21 days: eBooks, audiobooks and comics
- 7 days: music albums
- 3 days: movies and TV shows
- Renewals: When there are two or fewer days left in the content borrowing period, a button will appear on the title screen asking if you’d like to renew the title. You can do this for as many borrows as you have remaining. (Due to record label restrictions, music albums can be checked out only twice per month.)
Do I need to be connected to the internet to watch or listen to my checked out titles?
Generally speaking, yes. Most content is streamed live over an internet connection. Be aware of this if you are streaming over a 3G/4G mobile data connection and have a limited data plan.
Some titles may be downloaded for offline viewing. Availability of this feature is based on studio or publisher restrictions. Titles may only be downloaded on iOS or Android devices using the Hoopla app and are downloaded to the app not the device.
Will I have to wait in a hold queue for popular titles?
No. All titles are available all the time so you will not be required to wait until someone else finishes a title before you can check it out.
What is Widevine?
Widevine is a plug-in that hoopla uses via your web browser to play video content on IE & Safari Browsers. Widevine is a free add-on for your browser that is owned by Google.
If you do not already have Widevine installed when you attempt to play a video title, your web browser will direct you to the Widevine website. From there, you simply need to click on Install Now and follow the on screen prompts.
If you need additional assistance, or are preparing ahead of time you can go directly to that website yourself here.
Does Hoopla work on the XBox 360, PS3, Roku or Chromecast?
Hoopla has recently added Chromecast to its supported platforms.
At this time, Hoopla does not currently support the other devices/platforms. However, Hoopla is working on increasing compatibility with more devices – check back for updates.
Is this going to cost me money?
No. This service was made possible by a donation from the Friends of the Albert Lea Public Library.
Can children use Hoopla?
Yes, children with library cards in good standing may use Hoopla. However, be advised that our Hoopla collection contains material that may not be suitable for all ages. Films and television shows are labeled by MPAA and TV ratings when they have been rated. Parents are responsible for guiding their children’s use of this and other library resources.
Parents do have the option to use Hoopla’s “Kid’s Mode” Setting. In the Hoopla settings you can turn on “Kid’s Mode”. Turning it on whether you are in the app or on the website will turn on a filter that will only show you materials for kids. This setting stays with the device, not the account. So if you want “Kid’s Mode” on an iPad, it’s set for only that iPad. If you use another device (like a PC), you will have to enable “Kid’s Mode” on that device, too.
I’m having trouble. Where can I find help?
- Most questions can be answered by visiting Hoopla help.