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Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, ebooks and more, 24/7 with your library card. Simple to access and use, without the hassle of having to return the items you’ve borrowed, all you need is your library card, a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started. The freedom you want is here, now.

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NEW! Libby by OverDrive Streaming Media

Use your library card to stream unlimited video! Just borrow a 7-day pass to one of the options available through Libby. Accessing Libby is easy and just requires using your library card and PIN in the app. Using these services does not count against any borrowing limits in Libby.

  • Once logged in to Libby, go to the “Extras” section of the menu
  • You will be redirected from Libby to the selected streaming media service’s landing page to browse and stream.
  • Accessing certain streaming media services may require sharing more information or additional account set up within their apps.

Current Offerings include

The Great Courses offers engaging and understandable lectures by esteemed professors, professionals, and experts in topics ranging from history, better living, science, language learning, and much more.

IndieFlix is a streaming movie service that offers access to pop culture favorites, box office hits, award-winning feature films, documentaries, and shorts.

Qello Concerts by Stingray is the world’s largest collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries streamed on-demand to just about any digital device.

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Kanopy

Stream thoughtful entertainment to your preferred device with your library card. Over 30,000 films are available with new content being added each month.

How do I sign up for Kanopy?

  1. Click “Sign up” on www.kanopy.com, or on your library’s Kanopy website
  2. Fill out the requested fields in the account creation form. If you would prefer to create your account using your existing Facebook or Google account, click on the appropriate social login button and follow the prompts in the pop up.
  3. After signing up, you will be sent a verification email to your email address. This email will come from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click “Verify My Email” to continue your account set up.
  4. Note: If you are not seeing this email in your inbox or spam, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can help you with this.
  5. If you are creating your account via www.kanopy.com, you will need to add your library membership. Click “Find your library”
  6. If you’ve created your account through your library’s Kanopy website, proceed to step 9.
  7. Select your library from the dropdown list
  8. If your library offers Kanopy, you will then be redirected to your library’s Kanopy page.
  9. Click “Add library card”
  10. Enter your library card number and PIN and click Save

Once your library card has been successfully connected, you will then be shown information about how your account works. Click Watch Now at the bottom of the page to begin watching.

You are now set up! When you are signed into your account, you can access your User Dashboard from the top right. On the Dashboard, you can manage your personal profile details, Watchlist, recently watched films, comments, and more.

How many films can I stream each month?

You receive 10 credits per month that you can use to borrow films. Unused credits do not roll over into the next month.

How long can I access the movies I borrow?

Each credit allows you to borrow a movie for 72 hours.

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Hoopla

How do I sign up for Hoopla?

  1. Visit the website
  2. Click Sign Up, and select Akron-Summit County Public Library as your home library.
  3. You will have to enter your library card number, your library card PIN, a valid email address (remember one email address per library card) and create a password.
  4. Click Sign Up Now button and you are ready to go!

Why can't I register multiple cards on one email address? I already have a Hoopla account for another library and it would be easier to remember one email login for both cards.

Unfortunately you can't streamline everything into one email address. Hoopla treats all the cards on an account as one. Regardless of which library you select in a drop down list on the account, all the cards on that account will be charged for each checkout. To make sure you have access to all your available checkouts, use a different email address for each library card.

Can I use Hoopla in the library?

You are able to stream Hoopla content on library computers, but remember the time limits are still in effect.

Which devices can I use to access Hoopla?

You can access content in the following ways:

  • On your home computer through the Hoopla website - Internet Explorer 8 and 9, Firefox version 8 and newer, Google Chrome, Safari.
  • On a library computer - but remember time limits!
  • On a smart phone with the Hoopla app - iPhone and Android phones.
  • On a tablet or other mobile device with the Hoopla app - iPod Touch 4th Gen or newer, iPad 2 and newer, and Android devices with Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and newer.

What kind of content can I access through Hoopla?

Hoopla provides commercial free streaming audio visual content, ebooks and comics appropriate for adults, teens and children. There's something for everyone! Music and audiobooks are available on the same release date as they are in regular stores and online. Many older and classic titles are available too.

How long can I access my title?

Borrowing periods for items are as follows

  • Movies/TV - 3 Days
  • Music - 7 Days
  • Audiobooks - 21 days
  • ebooks - 21 Days
  • Comics - 21 Days

How many items can I check out?

There is no limit as to how many items you can have out at a time, but you may only have 15 checkouts total per month. So if you take all 15 out at once, you're done until the month rolls over.

When does the monthly borrow period end?

The monthly borrow limit resets on the first day of the new month. Previously borrowed titles will remain until their lending period expires, but you will be given your new month's borrows.

How do I know how many titles I have left this month to check out?

To find out how many items you have borrowed during the current month as well as the number of items you may still borrow, go to Account Notes:

  • On a computer: Click on your email address (on the top right of the screen) and click on Account Notes.
  • Android app: Go to Settings >> Account Notes >> Monthly Usage
  • Apple app: Go to Settings >> Lending History