Parents' Guide to


By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Access tons of digital media online with your library card.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this website.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 7+

It use to be good

I don't know what changes they made but after using hoopla for years it won't let me on the site. Acts like it wants to but the line just keeps going up and down not connecting. No error message. So I called the library they said their site worked fine at the library. Amazing! what a help that was. Still doesn't work, no customer service. Why bother
age 18+

Kid's Mode is not Kid Proof

Hoopla has an option to put your child's account in kids mode. However, because the settings are not password protected, kids can easily disable the kids mode by clicking the box on the home page, thus gaining access to material that may not be suitable for young eyes. It's a great app, otherwise, but because of this major flaw, it's not an app that can go unmonitored by parents.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids won't find every movie under the sun on Hoopla, but they can potentially find titles that are rated R and feature nudity, bad language, or violence (so parents may want to supervise kids' time on the site). They can, however, also find educational materials to help them learn another language, find out about key historical periods, and brush up on other topics; and, even if there's a waiting list for popular new fare at their local library branch, users don't have to wait to access it online.

Hoopla charges libraries a fee each time one of its titles is accessed, according to Library Journal, but it's free for users. The system could use a more detailed search method; right now, users can locate audiobooks, movies, music, and other items by title or by scrolling through sections such as "Action & Adventure" and "Good for a Laugh." If your library doesn't use Hoopla, you're out of luck. If it does, kids should be able to easily sign up and check out several titles a month -- which, hopefully, will help supplement what they're learning in school.

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