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Streaming & Downloads

Everything from eBooks, eMagazines, music, movies, and more—all available 24/7 with an eCard or Full-Service library card.

Libby is the official app from The Ohio Digital Library and it conveniently houses a large selection of our eBook and audiobook collection for us. (Thanks Libby!)  With this very user-friendly app, you can check out up to 20 books at a time for 3 weeks each and place up to 30 holds. You can search for new books, popular books, books that are available right now, or you can search by title, genre, or author.

If we don’t have what you’re looking for, there’s also an option to suggest a title for purchase through the app.  Along with books, Libby also has a collection of over 200 magazine titles that you can view digitally! Cooking & food, health, news, fashion, home & garden, and celebrity magazines are just some of the magazine genres you can search through!

Libby is now available to download from the Amazon Appstore for use on Amazon Fire tablets.

Hoopla has a little bit of everything!  Audiobooks, ebooks, movies, music, TV shows, and comics!  There’s a large collection of movies from newer releases to classics and everything in between.  As for music, you can browse your current favorite artist, find the soundtrack from newly released movies, and you can even look through the albums and artists that have been nominated for different awards during this awards season.  

Let’s not forget the TV show and comic book collection!  There are titles that aren’t available for checkout on any of our other apps!  Bottom line, whether you’re looking for a specific item or not, you can almost always find something you’re interested in on Hoopla.  Hoopla allows for 12 regular checkouts a month and a maximum of 12 Flex Borrows at a time!  Regular checkouts are available instantly with no wait time, Flex Borrows can be placed on hold but there’s no monthly checkout limit, you just can’t have more than 12 at a time.

Yes, books are the best, but sometimes you just want to zone out and watch a movie.  If you’re tired of scrolling through the same list of movies available on your favorite streaming service, give Kanopy a try!  Kanopy is a free movie streaming service with popular movies, popular documentaries, foreign films, and more to browse from!  With your library card, you are able to check out and stream 8 movies a month! Similar to Hoopla, there is no hold list or waiting time for any of the materials.

Kanopy is now available on the Libby app.  You can see it in the Extras section in Libby.  Kanopy also continues to be available through our website and through the Kanopy app.  Below is some information about how Kanopy works on Libby:
  • Users can stream videos in the Kanopy mobile app, on the web, or via Roku, Apple TV, and other Smart TVs. Access via Libby is simply another way for users to discover the service.
  • When a user selects Kanopy in Libby, they’ll see a screen with more information and steps to get started. Users who already have the Kanopy app installed on that device will be prompted to open it.
  • Existing Kanopy users will sign into Kanopy with the same login credentials they use today. New users who discover Kanopy through Libby will be prompted to create an account with Kanopy.
  • Once on the Kanopy platform, users will have a monthly allotment of play credits, as determined by your library.

The Freegal® Music service allows patrons to access a collection spanning over 15 million songs, music videos, and audiobooks from more than 40,000 music labels worldwide including Sony Music, Epic, RCA, and Columbia. Freegal® Music also offers a completely rebuilt mobile app and website which utilizes modern application practices to ensure an easy-to-use and enjoyable experience. Stream up to three hours a day and download three MP3 files a week (download count resets every Monday). The free application is available for library cardholders and can be downloaded in the Apple® App Store and Google® Play Store.

The main difference with the Freading app compared to the other digital reading apps is that Freading only offers ebooks.  Just because they’re limited in format availability doesn’t mean they are limited in selection! Freading has a variety of ways to browse books including by genre, books by a specific author, travel books, spark notes, and more.  There is a good selection of Lonely Planet Travel Guides, graphic novels, and inspirational romance available through Freading.  You will need to have a free AdobeID in order to download and read the books from Freading.

Learn to use the digital services above with step-by-step how-to-video tutorials. Tutorials include The Ohio Digital Library/Libby, Kanopy, Hoopla, and more tutorials specifically curated for our customers by our Reference Staff. Other tutorials include academic research, automotive and home, legal, technology, travel, and more.

Research Databases sound overwhelming but there is so much information to be found with just a few clicks and your library card!  We have information about crafting, learning a new language, travel, history, repairs, and so much more!  You can view the full list or filter by what you want to learn about.