Eufaula Carnegie Library patrons can now borrow more eBooks, videos, music albums, audiobooks, and comics, through the library's new partnership with Hoopla digital.
Hoopla is a service that works with public libraries to provide online and mobile access to digital content. Eufaula Carnegie patrons can download the free Hoopla app to their Android or IOS device (smartphone or tablet) to create an account and begin borrowing items from the Hoopla digital library
"Patrons are now able to select from thousands of eBooks, audios, videos, and other items we've never been able to offer," says Library Director Ronnie Smith.
"Hoopla is like Amazon for libraries...but each patron gets six free items a month." After the six items are borrowed, "Patrons will have to wait until next month to start borrowing again," he says. Patrons with expired cards, overdue items, or fines on their accounts will need to first go to the library to renew their cards or clear their accounts.
Smith explains that Hoopla does not replace the Camellia Net eBook database that has been available to patrons since 2012. "Hoopla is in addition to Camellia Net, not a replacement," he says.
The borrowing periods for items are eBooks and audiobooks for three weeks, music albums for one week, and videos for three days.
To access materials, patrons must first download free software onto tablets, smartphones, or any other device they wish to use. A link to the Hoopla database is available from the library’s website, www.ecl.lib.al.us, or the app may be downloaded from the App store or iTunes.
Library staff are available to assist patrons in learning to use Hoopla both in person and over the phone. For more information about the service, contact the library at (334) 687-2337, extension 3, or (334) 687-8190.
Release provided by Eufaula Carnegia Library