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For the rest of the summer, Milwaukee County residents will be able to download free movies, TV shows, ebooks, audiobooks and music using their library card.

Hoopla is a digital streaming website similar to Netflix, except it is free, includes non-video materials such as books and audio recordings and has an extensive catalog of more than 500,000 items.

Unlike some other online resources used by libraries in the past, Hoopla doesn't make library users wait for materials.

Instead of requiring libraries to purchase individual copies of a book, Hoopla provides unlimited streaming materials that can be accessed by multiple people simultaneously. The library pays for use each time someone downloads or streams an item. 

No more than six items can be checked out by each user per month.

Hoopla can either be accessed on a computer at https://www.hoopladigital.com/ or through the Hoopla app for Apple or Android devices. Milwaukee County residents with library cards need to enter their card number and the name of their city. 

Once a material is checked out, it is instantly available for streaming. Books, audiobooks and comics are checked out for 21 days, music for 7 days and videos for 3 days.

All libraries in the Milwaukee County Federated Library System have access to Hoopla through the end of August. It is unknown if the library system will continue with the Hoopla service after August.

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