What’s All the Hoopla

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 6:00 am

News_Post_Hoopla_1The hoopla is all about music, audiobooks, eBooks, comics, movies, and TV shows streaming to you instantly—and for free—with your library card!

Spokane County Library District, partnering with hoopla, offers thousands of titles—just browse through the collection and find something for every age, all ready to be watched or listened to right away, 24 hours a day.

The latest from Lorde or Katy Perry, something educational for the kids like Bill Nye the Science Guy or SuperWHY, searching for an aerobic workout, or a quiet evening at home, you’ll find plenty to choose from.

Enjoy hoopla remotely, wherever you have an internet connection, or in our libraries, using the Digital Library link. You can download the hoopla app and watch on the go, wherever you might be.


Check out up to 10 items per month (music streams for 7 days; audiobooks, eBooks, and comics for 21 days; and movies and TV stream for 72 hours). If you have questions or want assistance, stop in one of our libraries anytime, our staff is happy to walk you through the process.

Ready to start streaming? You can check out hoopla here!

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  • Cheryl Adams

    This sounds great! I am sooo impressed with the SCLD. You just keep getting better. (And, yes, I still check out print books!)

  • Alana Higby

    This is so great. My son who is almost 13 is over the moon for this site. The second I got this email and told him about he it was installing it on his I pod. Thanks for staying current to our world and our family.

  • Parilee

    I set this up for my daughter. I had the worst of time trying to get this to work. Not only that when u down load it so will a bunch of files that you may not want. I sent them a message yesterday about widevine media downloaded on my computer and I re booted and went back and the movie would not even play.

    • Hi Parilee,

      I am very sorry to hear that you are having trouble viewing movies. My first suggestion is to visited the FAQs on the Hoopla site to make sure you are using a supported browser. Click this link and then open the Technical Questions section to see which browsers are supported. You can also view Widevine installation manuals there that will walk you through the process. If you are still having trouble, please contact your library as we can discuss the specifics of your computer set up more easily by phone.

      • I had trouble watching movies and trying to download plug-in. I solved it by going in
        to free HULU. After watching a tv show, I exited HULU.com and Hoopla worked fine without having to download anything.

  • Larry Blanchard

    I’m upset that public money is being used to link up with a system that restricts usage to certain browsers, certain operating systems, and certain chip sets.

    Surely you could have found a video supplier whose only requirement was the presence of a popular browser.

    I run Firefox under Linux and have watched videos, TV shows, and movies with no problem. But I can’t access my library’s offering.

    Such a disappointment.

    • Hi Larry,

      I can certainly understand that you are upset, and I apologize that this service is not currently avaiable for Linux users. Unfortunately, there are not many companies that offer streaming videos and music to libraries, and we found that Hoopla offered the best range of content at a reasonable price for our members. I have contacted Hoopla with your concerns, and they admit that others have voiced a similar concern. They are looking into making this available for Linux users in the future. If you would like to send a message to Hoopla, you can contact them using this form.

    • W. B.

      Very well said, and all good points.

  • Have been trying to make this work for two days. The Widevine Media Optimizer doesn’t load. Have tried with IE and Chrome. Says in download file ” WidevineMediaOptimerIE.exe couldn’t be downloaded” Will loose video I borrowed soon. Anyone else having this problem?

    • Hi Helen,

      I have heard that a couple of people had problems downloading Widevine due to their antivirus software. Try this link to download Widevine instead: http://www.widevine.com/download/videooptimizer/index.html. If you are still having problems with downloading and installing, check the FAQs on Hoopla and click on Technical Questions. If you are still having trouble, contact Hoopla or your library.

    • W. B.

      I am having the same problem. I tried umpteen different things, but it does not work. I use Explorer 11, and I am wondering if Widevine has simply not been updated to work with it. Seems that Hoopla is much more interested in tablet and iPhone owners than in PC owners.

      • CarlieHoffman

        Hi W.B. – The Widevine plug-in is not currently supported by IE 11. Please view this page https://www.hoopladigital.com/support# for more information about the Widevine plug-in or to contact Hoopla customer support.

  • Carlena

    This is awesome!!!! Who comes up with these ideas?!?!? Is there any way I can help???

  • Angeles Diaz J

    I love what the SCL has become and how it has evolved. Offer so many options and choices for everyone. I love it!

  • Shelli

    Just downloaded the app today to my tablet and phone. Works awesome! Thanks SCLD! Sharing with all my family since we all have SCLD cards!

  • Alisa Atkins

    Is this only available for county residents? I have an SCLD card but I reside within the Spokane city limits.

    • Hi Alisa. Hoopla is only available for county residents unless you have purchased a non-resident county card for $105 a year per family. For more information, click here.

  • Need the app for my z10 black berry. Possible?