New service lets Boston Public Library cardholders stream, download movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks

A new service launched this week allows Boston Public Library cardholders to instantly stream or temporarily download thousands of movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks to their computers, smartphones or tablets, officials said.

“The collection includes everything from new and notable titles to favorite classics for children and adults, including educational and instructional videos, foreign films, and top-selling music albums,” the library said in an announcement. “All titles are available for simultaneous access with no waiting periods, and new content is added weekly.”

Users can download up to 10 titles per month with checkout times ranging from three days to three weeks, officials said. An automatic return ensures no late fees.

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The service is run through hoopla, which partners with local libraries to offer media streaming. Users log in with their library card and then create a hoopla reader account.

To sign up or learn more, click here.

“When we surveyed our users earlier this year, access to streaming content was the top-requested new service,” Michael Colford, director of library services, said in a statement. “Free digital streaming is an excellent addition to Boston Public Library’s growing online collection, and it is available twenty-four hours a day.”