I love the feeling of being surrounded by stacks and stacks of actual old-fashioned books at my local library. But, I also love that they’re embracing all the amazing new technology that has huge benefits for busy parents like me, who are still emphatic that our kids read as much as possible. That’s where the new¬†hoopla digital app¬†comes in.

Let’s just say, life for readers is about to get soooo much easier.

With the hoopla app, you can access your local library’s entire collection of ebooks, audiobooks, and even music, movies and television shows to download or stream right on your iPad. And because it comes from your own library, it’s like the Epic ebook app, only it’s all free. There aren’t even late fees.

This is huge!

Because yeah, I have some late fees.

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Hoopla digital is an app that lets you check out books from your local library to read immediately on your device. And it's free! | coolmomtech.com

Just sign up, choose your own library from 1,200 around the country, and enter your library card number. You’ll magically have access to your library’s collection without a ¬†trip through traffic with your kids.

For those of you who don’t see your library listed (I didn’t), check with a nearby branch listed on the hoopla digital app; you may be able to pay a small fee to get a library card from them (I did) so you have access to more books and media.

Yes, even music.

hoopla digital: Check out books, movies, and music -- like the Hamilton soundtrack -- from your local library for free.

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I still love actually being surrounded by books at my local library. But convenience of being able to access that collection all from home — or away when we’re traveling — can be a total life saver on those nights when my kids have forgotten their book at school, they’re ready for the next book in a series, or I’m just ready for a new read after the library has closed.

Game changer.

You can download the new hoopla digital app  for free at iTunes, Google Play, or the Amazon app store. You can even add it to your Apple TV or Google Play to watch the movies and television shows.

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