CLEVELAND — Everyone knows about Netflix and Hulu, but you may not know about free streaming services you've already paid for with your tax dollars. Cuyahoga County Public Library and the Cleveland Public Library are among the local libraries offering commercial-free streaming videos anytime using your library card.
The libraries are offering free streaming services such as Kanopy and Hoopla; both are free and allow users to choose from a variety of documentaries and films.
Hoopla movies — this collection includes classic TV series like Sesame Street, Masterpiece Theatre, Ken Burns documentary series, fitness videos and titles from A&E and more. Hoopla is offered by both the Cleveland Public Library and the Cuyahoga County Library. Hoopla titles return themselves automatically at the end of the loan period, so you never need to worry about returning them on time.
The titles are simple to borrow, and you can watch them on your TV, laptop, iPad or phone if you just download the Hoopla app.
Through the Cuyahoga County Library, card holders can choose the following:
Kanopy — Enjoy 30,000 movie classics, film fest favorites and documentaries. New films are added every week.
Kanopy Kids — offers commercial-free films and TV series that inspire and help children develop empathy, mindfulness and self-esteem.
Overdrive video — Users can borrow up to 50 titles at a title in a collection that offers a little something for everyone — comedy, drama, action, horror, suspense and documentaries.
For more information on Hoopla through the Cleveland Public Library, click here.
For more information on digital streaming services offered by Cuyahoga County Public Library, click here.
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