10 Free Things to Try on Our Website

December 28th, 2015

Did you give or get a new device this holiday? Or maybe you’re just looking to save a little after spending a lot? With just your library card and a few quick clicks, you can access a wealth of online, streaming, or downloadable content for free through Cecil County Public Library. No fines, no fees, and often, no holds.

duckandgoose _ overdrive _ resized1. EBOOKS – We’re excited to announce that eBooks are now downloadable through our catalog, so it’s easier than ever to find and get the eBooks you want.  It’s also incredibly convenient to transport your books with you — all on your device!

2. AUDIOBOOKS – If you like listening to your books, we’ve got lots of options.  You can find and download eAudiobooks in our catalog, or you can search and access them directly via OneClickdigital or Hoopla.

3. MOVIES – Our Hoopla service offers you 8 movies or TV episodes per month, all for free. You can stream or do a temporary download (a starwars _ hoopla _ resizedgreat option for taking a movie on a plane or on a WiFi only device!)

4. MUSIC Hoopla’s digital music selection has most albums listed on Billboard magazine’s top 100 lists, often on the day the album is released.  It’s a great way to try before you buy or to broaden your musical horizons.

5. MAGAZINES – Use your library card to check out as many digital magazines as you like through Zinio, titles like Car and Driver, Discover, Glamour, OK! Magazine, National Geographic, Saveur, and more.

6. TEST PREP – need help preparing for the SAT, GED, GRE, PRAXIS, or other tests? We have lots of free online tools that can help you build up your skills and prepare for the exam.

caranddriver _ zinio _ resized7. ONLINE COURSESGale Courses are free, six-week, online courses taught by expert instructors.  Learn at your own pace, risk free.  Choose from hundreds of topics, including computers, health care, finance, business, teaching and more.  Sessions begin every month and there’s no limit to how many courses you can take.

8. PERSONALIZED READING SUGGESTIONSBookMate is a personalized service where you fill out a quick survey about your reading interests, then our skilled librarians match you with interesting reads compatible with your tastes.  Try it out!  You’ll never run out of books to read again.

9. GREAT INFORMATION – When you need top-notch information, try our Online Resources.  With your library card, you get access to biographies, demographics, business plans, encyclopedias, investment data, practice tests, Heritage Quest (great for genealogy buffs!), magazines and journals, and so much more.

10. 24/7 HELP – Use AskUsNow! to get 24-hour, live online help from skilled librarians.  They are research experts and can provide assistance with all kinds of questions, even when our branches are closed.

There’s so much to discover at Cecil County Public Library!  What new service will you be trying first?


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Have You Heard About Hoopla?

September 22nd, 2014

hooplaHave you heard?

Cecil County Public Library has launched Hoopla – an exciting new digital resource for movies, music and audiobooks!

With Hoopla, Cecil County Public Library gives you free access to:

– 8 checkouts per month – movies, TV, music and eAudiobooks

– No holds lists and no fines

– Unlimited viewing or listening during your checkout period (once checkout time has expired, item will automatically disappear from your computer or device)

– Over 100,000 titles with new selections added weekly — new, popular, classic and educational titles

– Hoopla carries approximately 80% of albums listed on Billboard magazine’s top 100 lists, often on the day the album is released (try it before you buy it!)

– Easy to use – just have your library card number and PIN handy

Our staff has been trying it out – and they’ve fallen head-over-heels for Hoopla!  Here’s what one dedicated staff user has to say:

CCPL: What do you think about Hoopla?

LY: My family doesn’t just love books, movies and music – we consume them! My husband and I always have audiobooks in our cars, and we all have eBooks and eAudiobooks downloaded to our devices.  We watch tons of digital movies and television. Hoopla is great – on the go and it’s free!

CCPL: How do you use Hoopla?

LY: We use all of Hoopla’s products – music, movies/television, and eAudiobooks.

CCPL: Where do you use it?

LY: Everywhere! We access our Hoopla materials in our cars, the house, the doctor’s office, at football practice – and even on a family camping trip!

CCPL: Why do you love it?

LY: Hoopla is SO easy to use! Forget having to go through a bunch of steps to get to the media you want. Just register, browse, then checkout.  You can even do temporary downloads if you don’t want to use up your data by streaming! They’ve thought of everything.

For more information and to try Hoopla for yourself, click here or visit any Cecil County Public Library Branch location.

We would love to hear from you! How do you Hoopla?


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