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What is Hoopla? printerfriendly

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Hoopla is a service offered by the Henrico County Public Library that gives you the option to checkout and watch movies and television shows, listen to full music albums and audiobooks, and read eBooks, comic books and graphic novels on your computer, smartphone and tablet. There are thousands of titles and they are all free to you. 

What devices work with Hoopla?

  • Windows and Mac OS web browsers
  • Apple iPads and iPhones
  • Android phones
  • Kindle Fires

What do I need to use Hoopla?

  • Your HCPL Library card
  • Internet access
  • Your email address
  • A free Hoopla account.

Setting up your Hoopla account

  • Get the free Hoopla Digital app from your device’s app store and open it, or go to https://www.hoopladigital.com in your computer’s web browser and click Get Started.
  • Select the Sign Up Now option.
  • Follow the prompts to enter your library card number, a password you choose, select Henrico Public Library as your library and enter your library card number. You may need to search for "Henrico" in the "Search for your library" box.
  • You will use your email address and password to sign in to Hoopla in the future. 

Using Hoopla

Once your account is set up, you can browse the collection for something you’d like to watch or listen to. When you find something you want, select the Borrow button and the title will be checked out to your account.

  • Movies and TV shows are checked out for 3 days (72 hours).
  • Music albums are checked out for 1 week (7 days).
  • Audiobooks, eBooks, Comic Books and Graphic Novels are checked out for 3 weeks (21 days).

You can check out 7 titles per month. Titles will be returned automatically at the end of their loan period.

Select Play to begin playing a movie or TV show. Select an album track to begin playing music. Note: The first time you play a movie or TV show in a browser on your computer, you may be prompted to install the Widevine or SilverLight plug-in. Follow the on-screen instructions. You should only have to do this once.

You can pause a title and resume viewing on another device using your Hoopla login information. Hoopla will resume the title where you left off.

Offline viewing and listening (app only)

Most titles have the option to be downloaded to your mobile device for access when the Internet is not available. Select the Tap here to download option to download it to your device. This can take some time depending on the length of the title and the speed of your internet connection. Once downloaded, you can play the title as usual.

Need more help? Visit our eBooks page, contact your local branch, use our Ask a Librarian online form or contact Hoopla directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Setting up your Hoopla account

Get the free Hoopla Digital app from your device’s app store and open it, or go to www.hoopladigital.com in your computer’s web browser and click Log In.

Select the Sign Up option.

Select Henrico Public Library in the “Choose Your Library” list. If Henrico Public Library is not visible, type “Henrico” in the “Search for your library” box.

You will use your email address and a password that you choose to sign in to Hoopla in the future. Enter your email address, a password you can remember, and your library card number in the appropriate boxes. Click Sign Up. 

I Have An MP3 Playerprinterfriendly

You can listen to audiobooks from OverDrive. To listen to these audiobooks you will have to download them to your computer and transfer them using the OverDrive Media Console. This free software manages the downloading and transferring of all of the library's downloadable audiobooks.

OverDrive Media Console

Go to http://app.overdrive.com to download OverDrive Media Console for Windows or Mac

Instructions for installing OverDrive Media Console

Instructions for using OverDrive Media Console

I Have An eBook Reader printerfriendly

You can read eBooks from OverDrive and Freading by installing Adobe Digital Editions on your computer. The downloading, transferring and returning of library books is all done via Adobe Digital Editions.

Adobe ID

Adobe Digital Editions requires you to set up a free Adobe ID. After registering Adobe Digital Editions with your Adobe ID will be able to download and transfer ePub eBooks to your eReader.

Register for an Adobe ID (Adobe.com)

Adobe Digital Editions

All library eBook transactions are managed in Adobe Digital Editions. The downloading, transferring and returning of library books is all done via Adobe Digital Editions.

Download Adobe Digital Editions

Instructions for using an eReader with the library's OverDrive collection

Instructions for using an eReader with the library's Freading collection

I Have A Tablet printerfriendly

iPad, Android, Windows, and Kindle Fire

With your tablet you can:

  • Read eBooks from OverDrive, Freading, and Hoopla
  • Listen to MP3 audiobooks from OverDrive and Hoopla
  • Read magazines using the Zinio for Libraries app
  • Read graphic novels and comic books from Hoopla
  • Watch movies and television shows from Hoopla

OverDrive App

The OverDrive app allows you to read ePub eBooks from OverDrive and Freading. You can also listen to audiobooks in the MP3 format from OverDrive. You will need to authorize the app with an email address or library card number before you can download, read and return eBooks and audiobooks.

To learn more and get the app, go to http://app.overdrive.com and select your device type.

Instructions for setting up the OverDrive app so you can use our OverDrive collection.

Freading App

The Freading app allows you to read ePub and PDF eBooks from Freading. You will need to authorize the app with an Adobe ID so you can download, read and return ePub and PDF eBooks.

Get the Freading iPad app (iTunes Preview)

Get the Freading Android app (Google play)

Instructions for using the Freading app

Zinio for Libraries App

The Zinio for Libraries app allows you to read many current popular magazines.

Get the Zinio for Libraries iPad app (iTunes Preview)

Get the Zinio for Libraries Android app (Google play)

Instructions for getting started with Zinio

Hoopla Digital App

The Hoopla Digital app allows you to watch movies and television shows, listen to full music albums and audiobooks and read graphic novels, comics and eBooks.

Get the Hoopla Digital iOS app (iTunes Preview)

Get the Hoopla Digital Android app (Google Play)

Get the Hoopla Digital Kindle Fire app (Amazon)

Instructions on getting started with Hoopla

 

I Have A Smartphone printerfriendly

iPhone and Android

With your smartphone you can:

  • Read eBooks from OverDrive, Freading, and Hoopla
  • Listen to MP3 audiobooks from OverDrive and Hoopla
  • Read magazines using the Zinio for Libraries app
  • Read graphic novels and comic books from Hoopla
  • Watch movies and television shows from Hoopla

OverDrive App

The OverDrive app allows you to read ePub eBooks from OverDrive and Freading. You can also listen to audiobooks in the MP3 format from OverDrive. You will need to authorize the app with an email address or your library card number before you can download, read and return eBooks and audiobooks.

To learn more and get the app, go to http://app.overdrive.com and select your device type.

Instructions for setting up the OverDrive app so you can use our OverDrive collection.

Freading App

The Freading app allows you to read ePub eBooks from Freading. You will need to authorize the app with an Adobe ID so you can download, read and return ePub eBooks.

Register for an Adobe ID (Adobe.com)

Get the Freading iPhone app (iTunes Preview)

Get the Freading Android app (Google play)

Instructions for using the Freading app

Zinio for Libraries App

The Zinio for Libraries app allows you to read many current popular magazines.

Get the Zinio for Libraries iPhone app (iTunes Preview)

Get the Zinio for Libraries Android app (Google play)

Instructions for getting started with Zinio

Hoopla Digital App

The Hoopla Digital app allows you to watch movies and television shows, listen to full music albums and audiobooks and read graphic novels, comics and eBooks.

Get the Hoopla Digital iOS app (iTunes Preview)

Get the Hoopla Digital Android app (Google Play)

Instructions on getting started with Hoopla

I Have a Nook printerfriendly

Nook with an eInk Screen

You can read eBooks from OverDrive and Freading by installing Adobe Digital Editions on your computer. The downloading, transferring and returning of library books is all done via Adobe Digital Editions.

*If you have a Nook Glowlight Plus take a look at these additional instructions from OverDrive for transferring eBooks to your device and this article about an issue with the Glowlight Plus.

Adobe ID

Adobe Digital Editions requires you to set up a free Adobe ID. After registering Adobe Digital Editions with your Adobe ID will be able to download and transfer ePub eBooks to your Nook.

Register for an Adobe ID (Adobe.com)

Adobe Digital Editions

All library eBook transactions are managed in Adobe Digital Editions. The downloading, transferring and returning of library books is all done via Adobe Digital Editions.

Download Adobe Digital Editions (Adobe.com)

Instructions for using a Nook with the library's OverDrive collection

Instructions for using a Nook with the library's Freading collection

Do you have a Nook Tablet?

With your Nook you can:

  • Read eBooks from OverDrive, Freading, and Hoopla
  • Listen to MP3 audiobooks from OverDrive and Hoopla
  • Read magazines using the Zinio for Libraries app
  • Read graphic novels and comic books from Hoopla
  • Watch movies and television shows from Hoopla

OverDrive App

The OverDrive app allows you to read ePub eBooks from OverDrive and Freading. You can also listen to audiobooks in the MP3 format from OverDrive. You will need to authorize the app with an OverDrive account before you can download, read and return eBooks and audiobooks.

Get the OverDrive app (Google Play)

Instructions for setting up the OverDrive app so you can use our OverDrive collection.

Freading App

The Freading app allows you to read ePub and PDF books from Freading. 

Get the Freading app - Newer Nooks only (Google Play)

Zinio for Libraries App

The Zinio for Libraries app allows you to read many current popular magazines.

Get the Zinio for Libraries app - Newer Nooks only (Google Play)

Instructions for using the Zinio app

Hoopla Digital App

The Hoopla Digital app allows you to watch movies and television shows, listen to full music albums and audiobooks and read graphic novels, comics and eBooks.

Get the Hoopla Digital Android app - Newer Nooks only (Google Play)

Instructions on getting started with Hoopla

I Have a Kindle printerfriendly 

You can read eBooks in the Kindle format from OverDrive by transferring them to your Kindle wirelessly or downloading the book to your computer first and transferring it via a USB cable.

Instructions for using the Kindle with the library's OverDrive collection

Do you have a Kindle Fire?

With your Kindle Fire you can:

  • Read eBooks from OverDrive and Hoopla
  • Listen to MP3 audiobooks from OverDrive and Hoopla
  • Read magazines using the Zinio for Libraries app
  • Read graphic novels and comic books from Hoopla
  • Watch movies and television shows from Hoopla

OverDrive App

The OverDrive app allows you to read ePub eBooks from OverDrive and Freading. You can also listen to audiobooks in the MP3 format from OverDrive. 

Get the OverDrive app (Amazon.com)

Instructions for setting up the OverDrive app so you can use our OverDrive collection.

Zinio for Libraries App

The Zinio for Libraries app allows you to read many current popular magazines.

Follow these instructions to install the app.

Instructions for getting started with Zinio

Hoopla Digital App

The Hoopla Digital app allows you to watch movies and television shows, listen to full music albums and audiobooks and read graphic novels, comics and eBooks.

Get the Hoopla Digital Kindle Fire app (Amazon)