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Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, ebooks and more, 24/7 with your library card. Simple to access and use, without the hassle of having to return the items you’ve borrowed, all you need is your library card, a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started. The freedom you want is here, now.


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How do I sign up for Hoopla?

  1. Visit the website
  2. Click Sign Up, and select Akron-Summit County Public Library as your home library.
  3. You will have to enter your library card number, your library card PIN, a valid email address (remember one email address per library card) and create a password.
  4. Click Sign Up Now button and you are ready to go!

Why can't I register multiple cards on one email address? I already have a Hoopla account for another library and it would be easier to remember one email login for both cards.

Unfortunately you can't streamline everything into one email address. Hoopla treats all the cards on an account as one. Regardless of which library you select in a drop down list on the account, all the cards on that account will be charged for each checkout. To make sure you have access to all your available checkouts, use a different email address for each library card.

Can I use Hoopla in the library?

You are able to stream Hoopla content on library computers, but remember the time limits are still in effect.

Which devices can I use to access Hoopla?

You can access content in the following ways:

  • On your home computer through the Hoopla website - Internet Explorer 8 and 9, Firefox version 8 and newer, Google Chrome, Safari.
  • On a library computer - but remember time limits!
  • On a smart phone with the Hoopla app - iPhone and Android phones.
  • On a tablet or other mobile device with the Hoopla app - iPod Touch 4th Gen or newer, iPad 2 and newer, and Android devices with Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and newer.

What kind of content can I access through Hoopla?

Hoopla provides commercial free streaming audio visual content, ebooks and comics appropriate for adults, teens and children. There's something for everyone! Music and audiobooks are available on the same release date as they are in regular stores and online. Many older and classic titles are available too.

How long can I access my title?

Borrowing periods for items are as follows

  • Movies/TV - 3 Days
  • Music - 7 Days
  • Audiobooks - 21 days
  • ebooks - 21 Days
  • Comics - 21 Days

How many items can I check out?

There is no limit as to how many items you can have out at a time, but you may only have 15 checkouts total per month. So if you take all 15 out at once, you're done until the month rolls over.

When does the monthly borrow period end?

The monthly borrow limit resets on the first day of the new month. Previously borrowed titles will remain until their lending period expires, but you will be given your new month's borrows.

How do I know how many titles I have left this month to check out?

To find out how many items you have borrowed during the current month as well as the number of items you may still borrow, go to Account Notes:

  • On a computer: Click on your email address (on the top right of the screen) and click on Account Notes.
  • Android app: Go to Settings >> Account Notes >> Monthly Usage
  • Apple app: Go to Settings >> Lending History

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Stream thoughtful entertainment to your preferred device with your library card. Over 30,000 films are available with new content being added each month.

How do I sign up for Kanopy?

  1. Click “Sign up” on, or on your library’s Kanopy website
  2. Fill out the requested fields in the account creation form. If you would prefer to create your account using your existing Facebook or Google account, click on the appropriate social login button and follow the prompts in the pop up.
  3. After signing up, you will be sent a verification email to your email address. This email will come from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click “Verify My Email” to continue your account set up.
  4. Note: If you are not seeing this email in your inbox or spam, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can help you with this.
  5. If you are creating your account via, you will need to add your library membership. Click “Find your library”
  6. If you’ve created your account through your library’s Kanopy website, proceed to step 9.
  7. Select your library from the dropdown list
  8. If your library offers Kanopy, you will then be redirected to your library’s Kanopy page.
  9. Click “Add library card”
  10. Enter your library card number and PIN and click Save

Once your library card has been successfully connected, you will then be shown information about how your account works. Click Watch Now at the bottom of the page to begin watching.

You are now set up! When you are signed into your account, you can access your User Dashboard from the top right. On the Dashboard, you can manage your personal profile details, Watchlist, recently watched films, comments, and more.

How many films can I stream each month?

You receive 10 credits per month that you can use to borrow films. Unused credits do not roll over into the next month.

How long can I access the movies I borrow?

Each credit allows you to borrow a movie for 72 hours.

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RBDigital Streaming Video on Demand

Use your library card to stream unlimited video! Just borrow a 7-day pass to one of the options available through RBDigital - Acorn TV, Stingray Qello or IndieFlix.

It is a simple two-step process.  Basically you initially log in through RBDigital and then log in directly to the service to activate your 7-day pass.

  • Set up your RBDigital Account with your library card, email and password on a computer or in the app. From that point forward you will use your email/password combination to login.
  • If you already have an RBDigital account, you just need to sign in.
  • Once in your RBDigital account – either on the app or online, select which streaming option you want to access.
  • Follow the prompts from the service you selected. Once you have the account set up, you should be able to access their service from the RBDigital App and wherever the streaming service is available – Roku, Amazon Fire, mobile device with a browser, Apple TV, etc.

There is a limit to how many passes the library has available each week. If they are all in use, you will see a message encouraging you to try again later.

These services are streaming only and require broadband access. When using the RBDigital app, check the settings and select “wi-fi only” to avoid using mobile data.

Acorn TV

Access some of the most popular British TV shows – both classic and current.

  • 80+ exclusive shows, including A Place to Call Home, The Brokenwood Mysteries, Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime, Detectorists, and Jack Irish
  • See them first: Acorn TV streams the latest seasons of fan favorites like Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, George Gently, Vera, Murdoch Mysteries, and more
  • Acorn TV Originals including Loch Ness, Striking Out, Agatha Raisin, The Level, and more
  • Stream anywhere Acorn TV is available: Compatible Devices*: Computer, smartphone, & tablet with Acorn TV app or browser

Access requires that you are first logged in to your RBDigital account. Click here to create an account and get started!

Stingray Qello

Stingray Qello is only place to watch over 1,700 of the most amazing live moments in music. It’s the world’s largest collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries streamed on-demand to just about any digital device. It’s like a never-ending concert ticket.

  • Discover: Stingray Qello carefully curates the live performances that matter. The greatest concerts and music documentaries are right here. With new releases every week, from iconic stars to today’s best artists, you’ll never run out of amazing shows to watch.
  • Anytime and Everywhere: Wherever you are, the live music experience follows. Watch Stingray Qello on your big screen with Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Sony, and more.
  • Music for All: From the 1920s to today’s hottest artists, Stingray Qello spans over 30 genres, from classical to rock, reggae to country. Watch the greatest performances on film from Queen, Pink Floyd, Lady Gaga, Metallica, Nirvana, Tiësto, Tupac, Slipknot, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Pavarotti, Celine Dion, Eagles, David Bowie, Eric Clapton and so many more.
  • Availability for Everyone: Patrons can log in at the library, at home, and on multiple devices.

Access requires that you are first logged in to your RBDigital account. Click here to create an account and get started!


  • Enjoy over 8,000 high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV shows and web series from 85 countries, 2,500 film festivals and the top film schools.
  • Has over 40 channels/genres – something for everyone!
  • Directly support filmmakers – they earn money for every minute of video you watch.
  • Available on RBDigital mobile app and browsers.

Access requires that you are first logged in to your RBDigital account. Click here to create an account and get started!

The Great Courses Library Collection

Take binge watching to the next level with binge learning! Access The Great Courses via streaming video on RBdigital. This is an exclusive invitation to start a journey of lifelong learning taught by the top 1% of university professors and experts from the Ivy League and other renowned schools and institutions. With hundreds of videos on subjects ranging from photography to physics, astronomy to art, history to health, and more, The Great Courses Library Collection has courses on how to do it, how to learn it, or how it happened. No matter what you are interested in, you’ll find their favorite subject.

  • Over 150 of the most popular full-length courses, including Fundamentals of Photography, The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries, The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain.
  • Distinguished and legendary instructors you don’t normally have access to, such as mathematician Arthur T. Benjamin, celebrated astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, National Geographic’s master photographer Joel Satrore, and Music Historian-in-Residence Robert Greenberg
  • Easy-to-use features with no commercials or interruptions so you can learn at your own pace.
  • New courses added every month.
  • Interactive, engaging, entertaining, and visually dazzling videos that make learning fun.

Access requires that you are first logged in to your RBDigital account. Click here to create an account and get started!