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This is another way of getting free things from the library. Hoopla has e-books, e-audiobooks, e-comic books, movies, and music. You will have to make an account with your library card to borrow these things.
You can borrow anything you want in Hoopla, but you will be limited to 5 things per calendar month. (So if you borrow 5 music albums in February, you won't be able to borrow anything else until March 1.)
This guide will walk you through making your account and borrowing a book.
Getting Started in Hoopla: Make an Account
Your first view of Hoopla
When you first open the Hoopla app, this is the screen you will see. Click on "Sign Up."
Find the Harris County Public Library
Tap on "Harris County Public Library" in the list at the top of the screen.
Create your account for Hoopla
Here you will type in your email address 2 times. Then you will make up a password for your Hoopla account.
Then you will type your 14-number library number. This number is on the back of your student ID card.
When you've done that, tap "Sign Up."
Finish the set-up
This screen tells you that your account has been made. Tap on "Done" to finish.
Click OK on this information page
You may see this screen. This information is about making Hoopla child-safe. Just tap "OK" at the bottom of the screen.
Borrowing a Book in Hoopla
The Hoopla home screen
This is what Hoopla will look like after you sign in to your account. You can browse to see what they have. You can search by tapping the magnifying glass at the top of the screen:
After you tap on a title...
This is what the screen will look like when you tap on a book or movie. You can read more information to learn what it's about.
If you want to read it, you can tap the "Borrow" button.
The book will download...
After you tell Hoopla to "Borrow" a title, you will see the button change to say "Downloading." When the book has finished downloading, it will be available for you to use.
Opening the book
Hoopla will probably show you some tips about how to turn pages or navigate the book when you first open it.
Your Hoopla library
In the Hoopla app, you can see what you have checked out from the "Borrowed" tab, to the right of the "Home" tab. Tap an image to go back to reading where you left off.
You can also see when a book will be due. You don't have to worry about doing anything to turn books back in -- Hoopla will automatically do it for you.