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Meghan, Queen's Square | March 21, 2022

Borrow movies, TV shows, music, ebooks and audiobooks online from Hoopla using your Idea Exchange membership. You can now use both Hoopla and Kanopy to enjoy even more free entertainment from home with Idea Exchange!

How Hoopla Works:

  • Borrow up to 4 items per month. Your credits reset with each new month. Credits don’t carry over between months.
  • No holds or wait lists.
  • All items are automatically returned on their due date. No fines!
  • Movies and TV content are available for 3 days.
  • Music is available for 7 days.
  • Audiobooks and ebooks are available for 21 days.
  • Kids Mode features content specifically for children ages 12 and under and prevents young people from seeing mature content. Once you are logged in to Hoopla, go to Settings on the right side of the screen and choose Kids Mode.

Don’t have an Idea Exchange membership? It's easy and free to become a member if you live in the City of Cambridge.  Just visit one of our locations to obtain a full Idea Exchange membership card, or sign up for an Online Membership which gives you immediate access to all of our online resources. To renew a membership online, please fill out this renewal form.


You can use your computer, tablet or smartphone to login online and stream content OR you can download content through the Hoopla app.

Stream Online:

  • Go to the Hoopla log in page. Enter your library card number.
  • Click Get Started.
  • Follow the instructions to make an account with your library card number and email address. Once you have an account created, all you need to do is log in.
  • Start browsing and borrowing!

OR Download the App!  You can download the Hoopla app on devices running iOS or Android for phone or tablet usage. It’s recommended that you connect to wireless Internet rather than using cellular data, as streaming and downloading multimedia content uses a significant amount of bandwidth.

Need Help?

Check out the Hoopla Help Page for more assistance and FAQ or try our Getting Started guide.


Submitted by Nicole (not verified) on

Hi Idea Exchange! Exciting to hear about Hoopla. Can you clarify if Libby/Download Library is still accessible through Idea Exchange? I see the instructions are still on your e-book page. Are you offering two e-book/audiobook providers now? Thanks!

Submitted by Jamie (not verified) on

Hi Nicole,
Yes, our other ebook provider downloadLibrary by Overdrive is still available and will not go away. You can continue to borrow ebooks using the Libby app by Overdrive. Over 3000 magazines are now available through Overdrive too! These don't count against your 15 item limit - so borrow as many magazines as you would like.
Hoopla is a new service we are offering starting today to supplement our e-content so you can use both Hoopla and Overdrive. Each month members have 4 Hoopla credits that can be used for ebooks, audiobooks, comics, magazines, movies and television shows. There is no holds or waiting in Hoopla so you can stream instantly or download to view offline.
We hope you enjoy both services!