hoopla - Music, Movies & More!
6 downloads a month - no late fees - great selection
Instantly borrow digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card: no LATE FEES ATTACHED!.
hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by Huntsville Public Library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone - and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. There are hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily.
Simple to access and use, without the hassle of having to return the items you've borrowed, all you need is your library card, a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started. The freedom you want is here, now. Sign up today!
New to hoopla? Here's how it works.
To get started with hoopla follow the instructions below to set up your very own account and start borrowing. All you need is a computer or mobile device and your Huntsville Public Library card.
For more help, visit hoopla's help page.
Sign Up for an Account
To start borrowing a title, you will need to sign up for a Hoopla account:
- Go to the hoopla page and click 'Get Started'.
- Here enter your email and a password.
- Select Huntsville Public Library if it shows up, or use the 'search for your library' box to find it and click 'Next'.
- Enter your Library Card Number and PIN number.
- Agree to allow hoopla to "exchange my registration information with my public library", which gives hoopla permission to verify the status of your account.
- Choose if you want hoopla to send you email communications, and click 'Sign Me Up'
You can also register by using the mobile app on your iOS or Android device. You will need to provide an e-mail address, create a password, and have your library account information ready. The hoopla mobile app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and the Google Play store.
Using hoopla on a Computer
On a desktop computer, watching video borrowed from Hoopla requires that you install the Google Widevine video plugin on your web browser. Audio content, like audiobooks and music, will play through the browser in a popup window. An Internet connection is required to stream Hoopla content.
Using hoopla on a Mobile Phone or Tablet
Download the hoopla app on your smartphone or tablet. There are versions for both iOS and Android devices. You will need a wireless Internet connection to watch video or listen to music and audiobooks.
With a smartphone or tablet device, you can download movies and television shows directly to the device, rather than streaming. This can consume a lot of space and bandwidth, so make sure you have plenty of each available.
hoopla Kids Mode
hoopla also offers a Kids Mode setting where all content shown while in Kids Mode is deemed suitable for children 12 years and under. You will not be able to see any other content when you are in Kids Mode.
To enter Kids Mode on a computer, sign into your account and go to the account settings by clicking on your email address at the top of the page. Check the Kids Mode box, then scroll down and select Update.
To enter Kids Mode in the Hoopla app, tap My Hoopla and then the account settings icon. Flip the toggle on to set the device to Kids Mode, then tap Cancel to exit account settings. To turn off Kids Mode, go back to settings and flip the toggle off.
Settings must be changed separately on your computer and in the app.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many items may I borrow from Hoopla per month?
You can borrow 6 items per month.
When do the borrowing limits reset?
Borrowing limits reset on the first of each calendar month.
How long can I borrow items for?
Television and movies: 3 days
Music: 7 days
Comics and graphic novels: 21 days
eBooks and eAudiobooks: 21 days
Why are the loan periods for Hoopla movies, TV content and music albums shorter than those of our CDs and DVDs?
Loan periods for digital items are set by the content providers whose content is licensed by Hoopla. They are not under the library's control.
If I don't use all my checkouts in a month do they carry over to the next month?
Do I have to return borrowed titles?
No; titles will return automatically at the end of a loan period.
Can I return items early?
Yes, but it will not give you another checkout for that month. The only reason to return a title early is to free up space from your device or remove items you have already watched or listened to from your list of borrowed items.
What if I am unable to sign in to Hoopla?
Your library card may be blocked or expired.
If you have replaced your card since you first registered with Hoopla, you may need to update your card number in Hoopla. To do this, sign into Hoopla and select your email address in the top right corner. Enter your new card number in the field where your old number displays. Select Update to save your changes.
Download the App
To download the app for your iOS device:
To download the app for your Android device:
For step by step tutorials on how to use hoopla on your device, check out the following videos:
Using Hoopla on your iOS device
Using Hoopla on your Android Device
For even more hoopla tutorial videos, visit hoopla's Youtube page.