hoopla streaming ending 8/31/17

PPL is dedicated to offering excellent content in convenient ways. Sometimes we find ourselves needing to change the resources we provide. After careful consideration, we will no longer provide the hoopla digital online streaming service as of Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 8:00 pm.

Hoopla’s pay-per-use pricing model and pre-selected content is no longer a good fit for Portland Public Library. A more responsible use of our donor-supported collections budget is to increase the breadth of titles and number of copies in our other eBook and eAudiobook service, Cloud Library, to improve quality and access, and decrease hold times.

  • With over 60,000 card holders, our service area is too large to sustain hoopla’s pay-per-use pricing.
  • hoopla’s streaming service is free for patrons but incurs rapidly increasing costs to the Library. We would often reach our daily quota before we opened our physical doors for the day!
  • hoopla makes titles available based on their relationships with publishers, so we have no option to purchase titles we know are most in demand.
  • hoopla served a relatively small number of PPL patrons very well, but we have significantly more people already using the Cloud platform, for much less money overall.

As always, we appreciate your support of Portland Public Library, and we welcome your feedback whenever we make changes in our collection and services.

For current hoopla users, hoopla will honor the full borrowing period for materials checked out prior to the cutoff time.

–Jenna Mayotte, Associate Director

posted: , by Kathleen Spahn
tags: Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Art & Culture
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