The Boston Public Library has expanded its digital offerings to include
a free streaming media service. All cardholders can now get easy
access to up to ten downloads per month of thousands of movies, music
and more. This is in response to a survey where library users
said streaming content was their top request.
New Service Offered by BPL
Public Library now offers a free streaming media service for all
cardholders, providing easy access to thousands of movies, television
shows, music, and audiobooks for instant streaming or temporary
download for smartphones, tablets, or computers. Library users can
download up to ten titles per month and the automatic return ensures no
late fees, with checkout times ranging from three days to three weeks.
“When we surveyed our users earlier this year, access to
streaming content was the top-requested new service,” said Michael
Colford, Director of Library Services. “Free digital streaming is an
excellent addition to Boston Public Library’s growing online
collection, and it is available twenty-four hours a day.”
Convenient Acces as Well
The service enables access from the convenience of your home, local
coffee shop, or anywhere – all you need is a library card, viewing or
listening device, and Internet access if streaming content. The
collection includes everything from new and notable titles to favorite
classics for children and adults, including educational and
instructional videos, foreign films, and top-selling music albums.
streaming media service is called hoopla and is accessible via the
“collections” section of the Boston Public Library website. Library
users log in with their Boston Public Library card and then create a
hoopla reader account. In addition, users have the option of
downloading an app for iOS and Android devices. All titles are
available for simultaneous access with no waiting periods, and new
content is added weekly. More information on the digital media service,
along with “getting started” tips and check-out guides, is available on
the Boston Public Library website at
Digital streaming is the latest in a series of new online offerings
available via the Boston Public Library. Other popular services include
digital magazines, a mobile catalog, e-books, an ever-growing
collection of digitized images from the library’s collection, and a
range of career, research, and genealogical databases.
About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map
center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and
To learn more, visit http://www.bpl.org.
- Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America.
was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the
first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library,
and the first to have a children’s room.
- Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people.
- All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public.
- At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning.
|Posted: March 26, 2014 Nancy J Conrad
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