Libraries Expand Digital Offerings
Columbus Metropolitan Library patrons now have free access to more than 300,000 movies, television shows and other video offerings through a service called hoopla.
Columbus represents one of seven library systems in the country to take part in the pilot program. Toledo is the other Ohio city using the system. Users in Columbus can access up to six items a month through a remote device. The project also allows library card holders the ability to view their downloaded items on multiple devices. The materials are also automatically removed from the customer's device when the lending period expires. Library officials in Columbus call the addition of hoopla significant, because customers are borrowing more e-books than ever before. In Cuyahoga County, 400 magazines are becoming available digitally.