by Max Brantley
Beginning Monday, February 3, the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will offer instant streaming of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, and audiobooks to patrons at no cost through Hoopla Digital.
Hoopla provides libraries with a content delivery model that enables patrons to instantly borrow materials. The interfaces are intuitive, easy to use, and can be accessed through smartphones, tablets, and computers. To access the system on a mobile device, visit www.cals.org or download the free Hoopla Digital app from Google Play on Android device or the App Store for iOS devices.
Patrons may borrow up to 5 titles each month. Checkout times are 3 days for video, 7 days for music, and 21 days for audiobooks. Once a title is borrowed, the content can be streamed immediately or downloaded to use at a later time. Borrowed content may be accessed anytime during the checkout period.
CALS stays on the cutting edge of technology, offering free wireless access in all fourteen branches, laptop computers for in-house check out, and a state-of-the-art RFID self-check system. Downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, music and magazines are available and accessible 24 hours a day on www.cals.org. In 2013, over 240,000 eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and songs were downloaded from the library.
CALS libraries in Little Rock include: Main Library, 100 Rock Street; Hillary Rodham Clinton
Children's Library and Learning Center, 4800 W. 10th Street, Dee Brown Library, 6325 Baseline Road; Fletcher Library, 823 North Buchanan Street; McMath Library, 2100 John Barrow Road, Oley E. Rooker Library, 11 Otter Creek Court; Terry Library, 2015 Napa Valley Drive; Thompson Library, 38 Rahling Circle; and Williams Library, 1800 Chester Street. CALS libraries in surrounding communities include: Max Milam Library, 609 Aplin Avenue, Perryville; Maumelle Library, 10 Lake Pointe Drive, Maumelle; Esther D. Nixon Library, 703 W. Main Street, Jacksonville; Amy Sanders Library, 31 Shelby Drive, Sherwood; and Millie M. Brooks Library, 13024 Hwy. 365 S., Wrightsville.