Have you tried out hoopla, the free digital library now available to all City of La Crosse residents with a valid library card? Borrow free music, videos, ebooks, audiobooks, and comics right to your computer, tablet, smart phone or streaming device, anytime and anywhere. It's like having the public library in the palm of your hands!
What is it? Movies, music, ebooks, audiobooks, comics and TV shows that can be enjoyed immediately on a computer, tablet or phone. The hoopla app is currently available for most Apple, Google, Amazon, and Android devices as well as for Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, and Fire TV. Stream digital media or temporarily download to your device. Please remember that standard data rates apply when downloading or streaming digital content. The La Crosse Public Library always offers free Internet and wifi at all of our locations.
Who can use it? Anyone who currently lives within the city of La Crosse can create an account on hoopla and access free digital materials with their local library card. Starting on September 1, users will be able to "check out" up to a total of six hoopla digital items a month.
Movies and TV shows: hoopla has a decent selection of children’s movies, older award-winning films and a variety of television shows. A big drawback of the television shows is that each episode counts as a checkout, so you could run through your monthly allotment pretty quickly.
Music: While the movies offered on hoopla are not the latest Hollywood films, the service does offer most of the latest music releases, so it’s a great tool for discovering new artists and sampling new genres.
Ebooks and Audiobooks: The ebook and audiobook collections on hoopla are smaller than on Overdrive, but unlike Overdrive, there are no waiting lists. And while Overdrive’s audiobooks have a maximum 2-week checkout, both ebooks and audiobooks from Hoopla have a three-week checkout.
Comics: Content providers for hoopla’s comics selection currently includes new and classic collections from most of the big publishers, including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, IDW and Image Comics.
Troubleshooting: Most of the issues we’ve had were card issues or problems with mismatched or forgotten logins and passwords. hoopla has its own support page, so we refer patrons to them for more complicated problems. If you need help accessing hoopla or any of our other free digital resources, just ask a librarian at any of our La Crosse Public Library locations or call the patron services line at (608) 789-7167.