What's all the hoopla about? Streaming.

Stream instantly. It's that easy. Hoopla digital, the latest resource available to all Anythink customers, allows you to stream a variety of media directly to your device, whether that’s a movie on your tablet or the latest album on your smartphone. Ideal for those who love services like Netflix and Spotify, hoopla digital rolls up music, movies, TV shows and audiobooks into one spot that’s easy to browse and navigate. All you need is your Anythink card and an email address.

Though Anythink is still home to your favorite physical media like books, DVDs, CDs and more, hoopla digital allows you to borrow on the go. The best part? No holds or waiting periods. Unlike other services that have waitlists for popular items, hoopla digital allows you to borrow anything instantly – up to 10 titles per month. 

What's available to borrow immediately? 

  • Music
  • Movies
  • TV Shows
  • Educational & Homeschooling Tutorials
  • Exercise Videos
  • Audiobooks

Here's how you can get started:

  • Make sure you have your Anythink card and PIN number handy. Don’t have an Anythink card? Pick one up for free at any of our locations.
  • Sign up for a hoopla digital account at hoopladigital.com using your email address. Be sure to select Anythink Libraries in the “Library Info” category.  
  • Browse, borrow and stream your favorite titles immediately on your PC or Mac computer.
  • Want to view on a tablet or smartphone? Install the hoopla app on your device via Google Play (Android) or the Apple App Store (iOS) and log in using your newly created account.

Looking for a recommendation? Here are a few of my favorite titles currently available on hoopla digital:  


Harvey – Always heartwarming, this classic 1950 film tells the story of Elwood P. Dowd (played by Jimmy Stewart) and his best friend, a 6-foot-three-and-one-hald-inch tall invisible rabbit.

Ip Man – A beautifully choreographed film, Ip Man is tale of one skilled martial artist and his struggles and triumphs during the 1937 Japanese invasion of China.

Liberty HeightsLiberty Heights is a semi-autobiographical account of growing up in Baltimore during the 1950s, where religion, race and class all play an important role in daily life. Despite its serious themes, this film is peppered with several laugh-out-loud moments.

Puppy Party (or, for you cat lovers, Kitten Party) – If there’s one thing we need more of on our screens, it’s adorable baby animals. 

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The Hunger Games trilogy – Written by Suzanne Collins, narrated by Carolyn McCormick 

Enjoy everyone’s favorite YA dystopian trilogy narrated by the former Law & Order actress Carolyn McCormick. 

Pattern Recognition – Written by William Gibson, narrated by Shelly Frasier

Meet Cayce (pronounced “Case”) Pollard. She’s a marketing consultant with a severe sensitivity to brands, who is spending her days and nights tracking down the creators of short film clips posted anonymously on the Internet. In this thought-provoking and suspenseful novel, Gibson tackles the subject of the human desire to seek out pattern, art and commercialization in a post 9/11 world.

The Good Lord Bird – Written by James McBride, narrated by Michael Boatman

Winner of the 2013 National Book Award, The Good Lord Bird tells the story of Henry Shackleford, a young male slave who joins with a legendary abolitionist to fight against slavery, passing as a girl to survive. Michael Boatman’s narration provides a strong voice, dialogue and accent for complicated characters.


TV Shows

The Office (UK) – All comedy fans should give a nod to The Office, the original BBC series that served as the basis for the more recent American version. With Ricky Gervais as David Brent, the insufferable, meddling and out-of-touch boss of Wenham Hogg Paper Company, you can be sure to laugh hysterically while simultaneously cringing at the awkwardness. Gervais is also credited with creating, writing and directing the show along with Stephen Merchant.

Becoming Human – This thorough NOVA series provides a fascinating look at evolution and the human body. A comprehensive examination filled with scientific research, the details of each part unfold through the forensic investigation of different hominid specimens. 

Ken Burns: Jazz – Explore 10 episodes of pure jazz as shown through the master documentarian Ken Burns. From The Original Dixieland Jazz Band to Louis Armstrong, discover the roots and legends of this American artform.


Stand-up Comedy

Hoopla digital has an excellent library of stand-up comedy albums, everything from classic comedians to some of the industry’s most recent rising stars. My favorites include:

  • Patton Oswalt – Werewolves and Lollipops
  • Mitch Hedberg – Mitch All Toegther
  • Bill Hicks – Relentless
  • Aziz Ansari – Dangerously Delicious