If you use Hoopla through Beloit Public Library, you will experience some service changes in 2024. Starting January 1, we implemented a collective daily borrow limit (or budget cap) on this service. This means, once the library lends enough titles out to reach our daily spending limit, borrowing is turned off for the rest of the day for all patrons. (You will know when this limit is reached, as you will receive a message saying try again tomorrow when you try to borrow.)
The collective daily borrow limit will reset each day at midnight. We recommend that you browse and add titles to your favorites so you can easily access them when the daily budget resets. Any daily budget that is not spent will roll over into the following day. Each patron can still check out as many as six Hoopla checkouts per month, provided the daily borrowing limit is not maxed out. The full catalog will be available with no limits on titles as was the case in the second half of last year.
We know Hoopla is a popular service for BPL patrons who enjoy being able to check out ebooks, eAudiobooks, eComics, videos, and music on their electronic devices and computers. While we enjoy offering the service to patrons and will continue doing so, its current pricing model – which charges the library for every checkout – can vary greatly in quantity as well as cost, making the service unpredictable to budget. Placing a daily dollar limit on Hoopla checkouts provides a steadier means for us to budget for it and allows us to keep offering this service for our patrons without compromising the quality of the checkouts that are available.
BPL is one of many libraries that has recently moved to the daily budget limits for the reasons stated above. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask a staff member.