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April 22, 2015

Main Line libraries now offering streaming content

Service will provide thousands of films, TV shows, albums online

Step aside Netflix, here come the public libraries of the Main Line.

The Lower Merion Library System, which has long been in the business of lending CDs and DVDs to the public, recently announced users could now stream thousands of movies, television shows, albums and audiobooks online. The service went online last week, and users will need their library card to sign up for the service.

The library system is working with Hoopla Digital, a Toledo, Ohio, enterprise whose parent company traditionally provided cassette tapes to libraries.  

After signing up at (use the search for your library dropdown menu to find the Lower Merion Library System), you can watch movies or listen to albums on your computer or on an Android or iOS device through a free Hoopla Digital mobile app.

“We’re always looking for new resources to help library patrons learn, solve problems, read, enjoy and reach their personal aspirations,” said Margery Hall, head librarian at Ludington Library and coordinator of collections for the Lower Merion Library System. “By partnering with Hoopla Digital, we're able to do just that as our patrons now have 24/7 access to the library and thousands of educational and popular titles to accommodate their varying interests.”

“This new service is also digital, so there’s no waiting period for popular titles, and Hoopla’s automatic return means no late fees,” added Christine Steckel, director of libraries for Lower Merion Township.

“It is our mission to empower the evolution of public libraries while helping them to meet the needs of the mobile generation,” said Hoopla Digital founder and owner Jeff Jankowski. “We continue to secure content deals to expand our offering of popular and niche movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks.”