Boston Public Library
Hoopla Streaming Media

Our Collections

Hoopla on an iPadUse your Boston Public Library Card to register for a free Hoopla account and enjoy access to:

  • Streaming movies and TV shows
  • Audio and eBooks
  • Comic books and Graphic Novels
  • Streaming music

Getting Started With Hoopla

You'll need a few things to use Hoopla:

  1. Your library card and 4-digit PIN
  2. One of these supported web browsers or mobile devices:
    • Internet Explorer 8 or higher
    • Firefox version 8 or higher
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • Device with iOS 6 or higher
    • Device with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher
  3. A Hoopla account
  4. An app for your mobile device or add-on for your browser. You'll be prompted to install the browser add-on if when you play your first title on your computer. If you're using a supported mobile device, you can download the Hoopla app from the appropriate app store:

    Android app on Google Play

Borrowing from Hoopla

Hoopla is available to all BPL cardholders (eCards included).

  • Hoopla titles are always available to borrow. No holds, no waiting.
  • You can borrow up to 10 items a month from Hoopla.
  • Borrowing periods:
    • Movies and TV episodes - 3 days
    • Music Albums - 7 days
    • Audio Book - 21 days
    • eBook or Comics - 21 days

Hoopla titles return automatically at the end of the loan period.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can children use Hoopla?

Yes, children with library cards in good standing may use Hoopla. However, be advised that our Hoopla collection contains material that may not be suitable for all ages. Films and television shows are labeled by MPAA and TV ratings when they have been rated. In accordance with our Access to Materials Policy, children and teens who use Hoopla are not restricted to certain content. Parents are responsible for guiding their children’s use of this and other library resources.

I'm having trouble. Where can I find help?

  • Most questions can be answered by visiting Hoopla help.
  • If you still are having trouble, please email We will respond on the next weekday that the library is open.