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Canton Library Patrons Now Have Access to On-Demand Digital Service for Movies, Music, eBooks and More

Canton Public Library has partnered with hoopla digital to offer streaming and temporary downloads for numerous items. Photo by John Fitts

Canton Public Library has partnered with hoopla digital to offer streaming and temporary downloads for numerous items.
Photo by John Fitts

Thanks to the Friends of Canton Public Library, patrons now have access to thousands of movies, television shows, music, eBooks, audio books and more.

On Thursday, the library formally announced a new partnership with hoopla digital, which gives Canton residents with a library card access to the service for streaming and temporary downloads. More than 500,000 titles are available. Canton is the thirty-seventh library system in Connecticut to partner with hoopla digital.

“The reality is that people, at this point, are used to online content,” said Sarah McCusker, Director at Canton Public Library. “We see this as a way to meet our users where they are.”

McCusker said there are many advantages to the service including the availability of content for all ages, the on-demand type service, vast selection and compatibility with many platforms on smartphones, tablets and computers.

The Friends of Canton Library has made an initial $6,000 investment, McCusker said. Under the service,  user downloads are “charged” against that amount, general from 99 cents to $3 per items. For that reason, cardholders will, at least initially, be limited to 10 checkouts per month.

Depending on the type of item, patrons can access the streams and downloads for a few days to a few weeks.

Canton card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying the content. Patrons must have their library card number and will have to create an account.

Clair Williams and Oliver, 7, check out some of the kids offerings through hoopla digital. Photo by John Fitts

Clair Williams and Oliver, 7, check out some of the kids offerings through hoopla digital.
Photo by John Fitts

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