Getting Started with the Hoopla App

Getting Started Steps

Downloading the Hoopla app and creating an account

  1. Search for "hoopla" in your device's app store and download 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. Either 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 an item

  1. Use the navigation to search within the categories of Video, Music, or Books.

  2. Once you've selected one of those categories, there will be another menu with more categories to choose from.
    For example, if you selected Books, you'll choose either Audiobooks, eBooks, or Comics.

  3. You can also search for a specific title by selecting the magnifying glass search icon.
  4. You can also filter Hoopla search results for children under 12.
    In the app, select Kids to activate Kids Mode.
    If you are using Hoopla in your browser, select "Settings" and then "On" for Kids Mode.

Borrowing an item

  1. Click on the cover image of the item you wish to borrow.
  2. On the next screen, select Borrow and begin streaming the item over Wi-Fi.
  3. If you'd like to download the item to use on the go or offline, select "Download to your device."

Listening, Watching, or Reading

  1. Find your checked-out items by selecting My Hoopla on the bottom menu.
    Don't worry about late fees; items in Hoopla return themselves once the loan period ends.

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What you can do with it

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

User Guide

Getting Started with the Hoopla app

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10 per month (total for Hoopla plus Hoopla Kids Mode)

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