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Public libraries offering streaming under new model that allows for unlimited patrons to view a title simultaneously

“Try to check out a hot new book or movie at your local library, and you’re likely to get put on a long waiting list. Libraries in the Chicago area are trying to change that by offering a new online checkout service. Instead of having a limited number of each book or movie, they can now offer unlimited access to titles — sometimes on the day they’re released in stores. The service is called hoopla digital and it’s available through a mobile app or web browser at the Chicago Public Library and 23 suburban libraries. It first came online last year and is now in 300 libraries nationwide, including opening June 23 in Oak Park and an expected Aug. 1 launch in Palatine.” (via

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