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[ARCHIVED] Exploring Hoopla, Part 1: Getting Started and Language Learning

The original item was published from August 25, 2020 to August 26, 2020 1:06 PM

Exploring Hoopla, Part 1: Getting Started and Language Learning 

This series will highlight things to do on Hoopla. Hoopla is an online book and media streaming service, available to Lewis & Clark Library cardholders using a web site on your computer or an app on your phone / tablet. If you’re using the Hoopla app, items can be downloaded for offline use. 

Getting started with Hoopla 

  • Find links to the web site and app, plus details about item checkout limits, here:  
  • Register with Hoopla: First, enter your library barcode number and PIN. Second, create a Hoopla account with your email address and a password. If you need help with this process, call Public Services at (406) 447-1690.  
  • For technical support, please check the help topics here: or call Public Services at (406) 447-1690. 

Learn a new language 

Would you like to speak French? Type learn French in the Hoopla search box. You’ll find multiple eBooks and audiobooks, targeted to both kids and adults. You can limit your search by format and other options using the filters to the left of the search results; look to the top and left for filters if you’re using the app. 

Hoopla 1 

Try search for other languages like German, Japanese, and anything else you can think ofSometimes just typing the language name e.g. Hindi is enough. (Sorry, Klingon is not available.) Hoopla also has a category page highlighting eBooks for foreign language study with list of shortcuts to languages.  

ESL: English as a Second Language 

If you or someone you know is learning English, search Hoopla for ESLlearn English, or easy English to find eBook and audiobook resources. 

A couple of notable series on Hoopla include*: Collins Easy Learning English and Pimsleur English for [Other Language] Speakers.  

Hoopla 2

Finding materials in various languages 

If you are looking for materials written or recorded in languages other than English, you can use Hoopla’s Advanced Search and select a languageThe numbers next to the language names give you a preview of how many items are available. The image below shows this feature in the Hoopla app. 

 Hoopla 3 

Finally, if you go to Hoopla’s help page and type language in the search box, there’s a list of direct links to browse material in a selection of languages such as Spanish and FrenchAdiós and Bon Voyage! 

Disclaimer: Content is added and removed from Hoopla periodically. Some titles mentioned in this post may not be available after its publication date.