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Denton Public Library streams digital media

Denton Public Library streams digital media

Denton Public Library streams digital media
November 05
09:06 2013

Javier Navarro / Staff Writer

The Denton Public Library launched an online service about a week ago that allows users to have access to a variety of movies, television shows, music and audiobooks on their computers and mobile devices.

The program, called Hoopla, offers over 40,000 titles for cardholders of Denton’s libraries where users can rent titles for a certain number of days online for free. Jennifer Reaves, technical services manager for Denton Public Library, said the program gives customers more access to media on their own time.

“Hoopla allows the library to provide more videos, TV series, music and audiobooks to our customers in a convenient 24/7 format,” Reaves said. “We have been looking for a good digital music provider for a while. Hoopla seems to meet our needs well.”

Movies and individual TV episodes can be checked out for three days. Music albums can be checked out for seven days and audiobooks for 21 days.

Reaves said Hoopla is provided by Midwest Tapes, which is a service that provides online media access to libraries across North America. Reaves also said the Denton Public Library has been doing business with Midwest Tapes for 10 years.

Trey Ford, technology librarian at North Branch Library, said the program offers mainstream titles such as top-40 music and movies from major studios, as well as independent titles.

“It also offers unlimited simultaneous use, so 15 people could check out the same thing at the same time, which is a big plus,” Ford said. “Right now, we are set up where you can download four [titles] a month.”

Ford said Denton is the first city in Texas to receive this service for its libraries.

The UNT Media Library offers students a variety of media titles as well, in both online and physical copies. Kim Stanton, head of the UNT Media Library, said the library has about 30,000 titles available and also has equipment such as cameras and video game consoles for students to check out.

Stanton said students and faculty can access the library’s online media and stream videos from a selection of about 6,000 titles for free. She said the videos the library provides online are mostly for educational purposes.

“Most of them are documentaries and most of them have some sort of educational, research-related focus,” Stanton said. “Right now, our mission is more focused on providing research and educational services.”

Stanton said students can use the media library guide to check out which titles are available online.

In order to have access to Hoopla, customers must have a Denton library card to enter their card number when they sign up for an account on Hoopla’s website. Reaves said customers can fill out an application in any of the three libraries in Denton and will need to meet a few requirements.

“They will need a current photo ID and proof of current residence address, like a utility bill,” Reaves said. “Residents of Denton are eligible for a free card.”

Non-residents of Denton have an option to pay $50 annually for a card or pay $25 a month for six months.

The Hoopla application is available to download on any iOS and Android devices for free.

Users can get to the service through the Denton Library homepage or through the Hoopla website itself and sign up for an account.

Ford said that more than 150 people have signed up for the service since it was launched.

Graphic by Aidan Barrett / Senior Staff Photographer

Graphic by Aidan Barrett / Senior Staff Photographer

Feature photo: Denton Public Library-North branch. Photo courtesy of panoramio.com

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