Forrest County library expected to launch new digital service

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Library of Hattiesburg, Petal, and Forrest County will soon launch a new digital service.

"The easiest way to describe it, it's Netflix for libraries," said Library Assistant Director Sean Farrell.

The new service known as Hoopla, will provide library card holders with free online and mobile access to movies, television shows and audiobooks. Thanks to taxpayers, the service is free of charge and can be accessed practically anywhere there's an Internet connection.

"If it's an Android or iOS iPad device, once you download it you don't have to be online to watch it," said Farrell. "If you have a PC or a MAC you do have to be online to watch it, but you don't have to be at the library. We hope you come to the library, but you don't have to be at the library at all to access this service."

Hoopla is expected to launch 2 – 3 weeks from now. If you would like to take advantage of the new upcoming service, you must have a library card. You must show proof that you live in Forrest County or inside Hattiesburg city limits.

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