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Kindles for ESOL Reading: Hoopla

This guide will help you to use the Kindles issued to your class this semester.

Hoopla iconWhat is Hoopla?

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."

Hoopla start screen

Find the Harris County Public Library

Tap on "Harris County Public Library" in the list at the top of the screen.

Hoopla select your library

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."

Hoopla create an account

Finish the set-up

This screen tells you that your account has been made. Tap on "Done" to finish.

Hoopla finalize account set-up

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.

Hoopla okay kids' browsing information

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:

Hoopla home screen after account created

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.

Hoopla pick out a title

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.

Hoopla book downloading

Opening the book

Hoopla will probably show you some tips about how to turn pages or navigate the book when you first open it.

Hoopla open the book

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.

Hoopla your library