Your Public Library Is a Great FREE Cord Cutting Resource





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man cutting cord with scissorsIf you have been around Cord Cutters News for any amount of time, you have heard us talk about how great public libraries are. Yet many still don’t know you can get free movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, ebooks, and more with a library card.

In 2020, your public library is probably the best-kept cord cutting secret to help you watch your shows, movies, and more without paying a dime. You likely know that your library lends out DVDs, but did you know most public libraries also stream movies, TV shows, ebooks, audiobooks, and more? Yes, most libraries now offer at least one streaming service.

Of all the streaming services out there, hoopla digital and Kanopy are probably the most well-known. hoopla digital and Kanopy team up with local libraries to offer free streaming for members of more than 1,600 public library systems across North America. Public libraries are a great resource for cord cutters—not only for free DVD rentals but also for streaming. The best part is they have apps for Roku, Apple TV, and Android TV.

hoopla also has a large number of Disney movies, shows, and music to pick from. Many of these Disney shows and movies can be difficult to find on other services. Kanopy has a large collection of content from a long list of studios. It’s hard to know which one your public library will have without visiting.

Now, there are limits to the service. In my case, I can only borrow 20 items a month. So, I can watch 20 movies or watch 10 movies and borrow 10 TV shows in a month. You need to ask your local library what limits they have.

How do you get access to hoopla and Kanopy? You need a library membership. If you want to stream this great library of content, contact your local library and find out if they offer hoopla. Chances are they do have a free streaming service for members.

If you are a cord cutter make sure to take advantage of your local library. You are paying for it with your taxes, so why not take advantage of the services?

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