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Montgomery library patrons can now access slew of free digital content

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The library of the future- it's not just about paperback books anymore.

On Wednesday, the Montgomery Library System announced a new service, allowing members access to free movies, TV shows, music and audio books. You download them to straight to your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Through a new partnership, library patrons can borrow, instantly stream and download free content. 

The Montgomery City-County Public Library has partnered with Hoopla Digital to allow those with a valid library card to choose from a list of thousands of movies, books and albums which are all available for mobile and online access. 

To get started, get your library card out and sign up at hoopladigital.com. Install their free mobile app on your iOS or Android device. Log in on your mobile device or PC and browse and borrow digital options. Borrowed titles will be automatically returned when your lending period is over. 

Users can make ten free downloads per month.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says it's a huge step in advancing technology in the city.

"We can have a library of the future in an old building and that's what we're doing in our existing building because it's all about technology. It's all about access," he said during a press conference Wednesday at Juliette Hampton Memorial Library. 

The library pays for what patrons check out so there's no cost to the user. There was no platform fee or set up fee for the library system associated with Hoopla. Each time a patron check anything out of Hoopla's collection, the library pays anywhere from $0.99 to $2.99 which comes out of the library's budget.

Those using Hoopla have access to their selected movies for three days, music albums for seven days and audio books for three weeks.

"There's no direct cost. There's no fines associated with it. It automatically returns itself to the collection when your period of borrowing time is up so you never have any fines. It's not like books in our print collection," said Library Director Jaunita Owes. "It's giving us an opportunity to allow our citizens to have another mode of checking material out from the library at 2 AM or 6 AM or at work on their lunch break or school or wherever they may be."

The Montgomery library system is the fifth in the state to partner with Hoopla digital. 

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