Want to stream or download your favorite artist's new album or watch a new movie without taking out a Netflix subscription?

A free option recently arrived in the area, and you can get it through your local library.

Want to stream or download your favorite artist's new album or watch a new movie without taking out a Netflix subscription?

A free option recently arrived in the area, and you can get it through your local library.

The Mid-York Library System recently agreed to a two-year contract with a company called hoopla digital to offer online audiobooks, music albums, movies, eBooks and comics to patrons at all 43 of its libraries in Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties. The online media can be viewed from both desktop computers and mobile devices.

Hoopla digital — not to be confused with the similarly named frozen yogurt chain — has offered the streaming service for three years and has since expanded to serve 46 library systems in New York state. But its local service just went live Monday. 

Mid-York Library System Executive Director Wanda Bruchis said nearly 150 people enrolled on the first day alone.

While the library already offers downloadable ebooks, audiobooks and magazines, the new service offers a wider variety of media and titles, the ability to stream movies and TV shows rather than downloading them, and "simultaneous checkout" — the ability for two people to use the same ebook or movie at the same time without violating digital copyright laws

"We’re not eliminating what we already have, we’re just adding to the collection," Bruchis said. "We know that streaming is extremely popular with lots of people so we felt that this would be a great addition to what we’re already offering."

Hoopla owner and founder Jeff Jankowski described his company's product as "really easy and ... very mobile-friendly. It's a service that's 24/7 with a library card."

"Our mission is really to make libraries stay relevant. We have over 500,000 titles and we add new ones each week," Jankowski said.

Library members can sign up for a free account through hoopladigital.com or by downloading a mobile app, available for both iPhone and Android devices. Users will need to provide an email address, library card number, PIN and home library to sign up.

In addition to streaming, books and audiobooks can be downloaded for 21 days, movies or TV shows for three days, and music for seven days.

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