Here at the Berwyn Public Library we aspire to move with the times instead of against them. Technology changes every day and it’s important for public services like libraries to change as well.
To help patrons who prefer streaming services over hard copies of DVDs and CDs, we allow access to the streaming sites Hoopla, Freegal, and Overdrive through a Berwyn Public Library Card.
If you need help logging into these services or are confused about what they offer, look no further!
Hoopla lets you watch movies and listen to CDs online instead of having to come into the library. You can “check out” a max of eight rentals. These rentals are checked out for a certain amount of time – it ranges from 72 hours to two weeks – and then returns them automatically so there’s no worry of late fees.
Each library gets its own page and its own number of max rentals, but every library has access to the Hoopla database. These movies can be watched on any desktop, tablet, or mobile phone. The CDs and audio books can be streamed right through the site itself.
Freegal is a music streaming website. You can search its system to find the music you want and then download or stream to your heart’s desire. Each patron is allowed up to three hours of streaming per week and three downloads per week. The search engine is also easy to use so finding music isn’t difficult.
A stat counter at the top right hand corner helps you keep track of how long you have been listening and how many songs you have downloaded. It will reset every week.
Overdrive is our free digital library. Here is where you can get access to any of our e-books and audio-books. There is a ten book limit to how many books you can have checked out at one time.
Accessing Streaming Sites
The first would be through the library website itself. To do it this way, follow these steps:
- Go to the Berwyn Public Library website and click the “eLibrary” tab.
- Click the second link on the page. It should say “Digital Media Services.”
- Scroll down until you see the logo of the site you want and then click the logo.
- Follow the directions to log in. All four sites will all ask for your library card number and your home library if this is the first time you have used them, so have that at the ready!
- Freegal will ask for your pin. This is the last four numbers on your library card.
If you are browsing through our swan catalog, you can also access the sites through there. Say you are searching the name of an author you like. Once the search results come back there will be a number of categories on the left hand side to help limit search results. Under Downloadable Format and Vendor there will be options such as “Hoopla Audiobook” or “Overdrive.”
Checking the box next to one of these options and then clicking “include” will refresh the search results with these limits. Then on the right side next to each item there will be two dark grey buttons on top of each other. The bottom one should say, “Download.”
If you click this, another box will come up prompting you to pick a format such as .pdf or html. Simply choose the one you prefer, and voila, you have your book.
If the box comes up and says “Redirecting” you simply click “Open Content” and your browser will direct you to that page on Hoopla.
written by: kassie