Library unveils free digital content service

By Ian Ferguson

The Blaine Public Library has stepped up its digital offerings with the addition of a platform to instantly download and stream movies, music and audiobooks.

Anyone with a library card in the Whatcom County Library System can now borrow movies, TV shows, albums and audiobooks through the Hoopla platform. The service is free and
instantaneous.

Users can download the free Hoopla digital mobile app on Android or IOS devices, or visit hoopladigital.com on a computer. A valid library card number is required to access the more than 700 movies, 500 TV shows, 900 albums and 1,000 audiobooks available on Hoopla.

The app allows users to download digital files to their mobile device. The downloaded files expire automatically after a set period of time. Computer users can stream the digital content, but can’t download it for future use.

“Hoopla is similar to Netflix in its setup and look, but it’s free to anyone with a library card,” said Blaine librarian Debby Farmer. “The nice thing is that every item is available 24/7, whether or not someone else has already checked it out. Also, you never have to worry about returning items since downloaded files expire automatically.”

Farmer said she hopes the addition of more free digital content will give area residents another reason to get a library card and take advantage of all the library has to offer.

“It provides our patrons with a whole new format to easily and conveniently check out movies, music and audiobooks,” she said.

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