News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 09/29/2014
Subject :

Palo Alto Library Card Is Now Your Ticket to the Movies
Contact : Diane Lai, Library Information Technology & Collections, Palo Alto Library    650-329-2517
Palo Alto, CA – Pop some popcorn, your Palo Alto City Library card is now a ticket to the movies with the addition of two streaming video services to the library's growing digital collections. These streaming video services, IndieFlix for Libraries and hoopla digital, together provide thousands of videos for online and mobile access. Audiences of all ages and interests will find both indie and Hollywood titles to enjoy, plus the convenience of anywhere, anytime access. All videos are free with a Palo Alto library card. Simultaneous access means no waitlists, while automatic returns mean no late fees!

IndieFlix brings the film festival experience home with award-winning independent films, shorts and documentaries from around the world. The collection includes thousands of streaming film festival hits, including the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca and more. These videos can be streamed in the web browser on any Internet-enabled device such as a computer, smartphone or tablet, or through the free app for Roku and Xbox 360. A library card provides unlimited access to all content. IndieFlix is offered through a partnership with RBdigital from Recorded Books.

Hoopla digital provides thousands of popular and hard-to-find movies, TV shows, audiobooks and music. Content comes from major Hollywood studios, record companies and audiobook publishers. Titles can be borrowed for instant streaming while online or for temporary downloading to view later on the go. Enjoy right inside the web browser on a computer, or download the free hoopla digital app to enjoy on an Android or iOS mobile device. A library card lets you borrow 10 titles per month:

  • Videos lend for 72 hours
  • Music lends for 7 days
  • Audiobooks lend for 21 days
"We’ve seen the tremendous popularity of both DVDs and downloadable digital content among our customers," said Senior Librarian Jessica Goodman. “We’re so excited to share the magic of movies through convenient digital streaming to fit our customers’ lives. Now any night can be movie night!”

To learn more and access these new streaming video collections, visit where you’ll find “Streaming Video,” along with other digital collections, under “eBooks, eResearch and More.” Contact us by email at or call 650-329-2436.