Posted at: 09/12/2013 11:03 PM
Updated at: 09/12/2013 11:15 PM
By: Dan Conradt
Hoopla at the Library
(ABC 6 News) -- If you've been to the library any time in the last generation, you know that libraries aren't just about books any more - they're also about music and movies. And this is the next generation. Now, you don't even have to go to the library to get them.
“Hoopla is streaming video and audio that's available through a variety of devices like an I-Pad or a computer, and you need your library card to get access into it and then there you are, watching or listening," said Austin Public Library Director Ann Hokanson.
It's a way of taking the library to the people.
"Libraries are all about providing people with information in the format that is the most convenient to them," Hokanson explained.
The company that provides Hoopla to libraries negotiates contracts with the owner of the content, then bundles it and sells it to the library, which pays for what they use.
"We use our gift and memorial funds to try out new technology, so we're one of the first libraries in the state of Minnesota to give it a try," Hokanson said.
The new service debuted on Wednesday.
"Thousands, not hundreds of thousands of items are available, but it's growing very, very rapidly,” she told us. “People more and more are on the go, and we find that one of the biggest hurdles to library use is simply getting into the building."
And if you want to see what all the Hoopla is about, all you need is a library card.
"Go to the Austin public library website...and from there you will see information and links that will direct you to exactly what you need to do," Hokanson said.