A great question circulating around Wilton Library is, “What’s all the hoopla about?” The answer is a new service, Hoopla Digital, which provides more than 225,000 music albums for mobile and online access. Through this partnership, the library expands its digital service offerings to include downloadable and streaming pop & rock, country, soundtracks, rap, electronic, classic rock, Broadway shows, and children’s music. Thousands of titles can be borrowed from major record companies. Wilton residents can either download the Hoopla Digital app on a personal device, or they can access the online service by visiting www.wiltonlibrary.org and clicking on Digital Library and then Hoopla (Digital Music), or by visiting hoopladigital.com directly.

“This is a great service to enjoy popular music,” said Melissa Baker, emerging media librarian at Wilton Library. “Now 24/7, you have instant access to sample different albums from various genres, download albums that are classics, or try out new releases all for free.”

Albums are available to borrow for seven days for instant streaming or download to smartphones, tablets and computers. Up to five albums may be borrowed per month per registered Wilton Library card holders. There is no waiting to borrow albums and Hoopla Digital’s automatic return feature eliminates any late fees.

To create a Hoopla account, residents will be prompted to enter their library card numbers, email addresses and passwords on the hoopladigital.com site.  The system will validate that users are in good standing with the library, so that they may begin to browse, borrow, and enjoy the music.

Another new Wilton Library service now features eBooks and downloadable audiobooks in its online catalog for Wilton residents. When searching for a title in the catalog, patrons may see an “O” icon under the Check Out button, with a headphone icon for audiobooks and an eReader icon for eBooks. The symbols mean that materials are available to borrow through the library’s OverDrive Digital Media Service. To reserve or borrow an OverDrive item, Wilton residents will sign into their accounts as usual. Items will still be reserved or borrowed through the OverDrive Digital Media Service apps on personal devices or computers, but searching for them becomes easier through the catalog.

Carolyn Benjamin, head of technical services at Wilton Library remarked, “We are thrilled to have this OverDrive feature now listed so prominently in our catalogs. Residents can search for titles they want and find all the different formats available to them from the library including large type, audiobooks on CDs and now, eBooks or downloadable audiobooks – and they can see their choices all in one place.”

If a Wilton resident is new to downloadable media, answers to questions about getting started can be found through the Digital Library button on the library’s homepage at www.wiltonlibrary.org, or by calling one of the knowledgeable reference librarians at 203.762.3950, ext. 211.