In the beginning, libraries lent books. Fast-forward to present day, and patrons can borrow all kinds of things from the library, including books, ebooks, audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs. The newest available format for patrons is streaming video, which is quickly gaining traction in public libraries across the country. Several librarians shared their experiences with streaming video lending, so institutions thinking about implementing their own programs know what to expect. Boston Public Library surveyed its patrons in early 2014 and found that access to streaming videos was one of the top-requested services, says Laura Irmscher, chief of collections strategy. The two most popular streaming video lending services, OverDrive and hoopla, are compatible with multiple platforms -- PCs, Macs, and Apple and Android devices. Los Angeles Public Library served as a beta tester for hoopla and then as a pilot library for OverDrive. Sandra Fernandez, manager of public relations at Houston Public Library, has also had a good experience with hoopla since signing up in December 2013.
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