Hoopla is an online streaming service available to Seattle Public Library patrons, offering 20 checkouts of movies, TV shows, music, and comics each calendar month, accessible on both web browsers and mobile devices. On mobile devices, the app, which is available for free through the Apple App store, Google Play, and Amazon, allows users to download and enjoy content offline, and can be streamed through Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV Stick onto a television screen. Use your library card to create an account and you’re ready to go.
The Hoopla comics collection became available for Seattle Public Library patrons in November 2016, and includes popular titles from DC, Image, Dark Horse, Vertigo, Archie, and Boom! Studios. In addition to a search function, the comics home page includes “featured” and “popular” comics tabs, as well as a “categories” tab that allows browsing via comics specific groupings. Moreover, if you already know what you like, there are pages listing the works of particular creators or series groupings (which is helpful with comics in particular, since figuring out reading order can be a challenge). Finally, at the bottom of each item’s page, there are “similar artists” and “people who borrowed” suggestions for further reading.
The Hoopla comics collection is a great way for comics readers looking to skip long library holds lines for popular titles, since no holds are necessary; for readers who prefer using tablet devices; and especially for new comics readers who are unwilling to commit their precious library holds space (or actual money) in order to try out the comics medium.
Pro tip: If a comics title is on Hoopla as both individual issues and collected volumes, checkout the collected volume since you’ll get multiple (4-6) issues with that single checkout, instead of having to checkout 4-6 individual issues.
~ posted by Mychal L.