Getting Started with the Hoopla App

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Steps for using the Hoopla app

Installing the app and creating an account

  1. Search for "hoopla" in your device's app store and install the Hoopla Digital app. You can also find links to all available apps at
  2. Open the app and select "Don't have an account? Sign up to create your free Hoopla account with your library card."
  3. Select "Lake Forest Library" from the list provided or search for it.
  4. Enter your library card number with no spaces between the numbers.
  5. Then create a username (your email address) and password.

Searching for items

  1. There are various ways to search:
    • Tap “Browse” to look for items based on their format (Audiobooks, Movies, Music, etc.).
    • Tap the “Genres & Collections” button and select from a list of topics.
    • Enter a keyword or title in the search bar.
  2. You can also filter Hoopla search results for children under 12 by activating Kids Mode:
    • In the app, tap 'Kids."
    • On a computer, tap “Settings” and toggle Kids Mode to “On.”

    Borrowing items

    1. Tap the cover image of the item you wish to borrow.
    2. Tap “Borrow” and begin streaming the item over Wi-Fi.
    3. If you would like to download the item to use on the go or offline, select "Download to your device."

    Listening, watching, or reading items

    1. Find your borrowed items by tapping "My Hoopla."
    2. Items in Hoopla return themselves once the loan period ends.
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    Movies & TV · eBooks · eAudiobooks · eComics · Music


    What you can do with it

    Borrow and stream movies, music, eBooks, eAudiobooks, comics, and TV shows.

    User Guide

    Get started with the Hoopla app


    • 7 Instant Borrows per month (total for Hoopla plus Hoopla Kids Mode)
    • Get unlimited access to select streaming content for 7 days with a single borrow by using a BingePass
    • Bonus Borrows are a curated collection of popular titles available for unlimited borrowing without using up your monthly borrow limits

    Loan Period

    3 weeks for eBooks, eAudiobooks, and Comics
    3 days for Movies and TV shows
    1 week for Music

    How to access

    App available, search for "hoopla" in your app store
    Works on iOS, Android, smartphones, tablets ... just install the app
    Works in computer browser
    Works with Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku