The new service has been in the works for a while, but is launching this week to help the library celebrate National Library Week, said Sam Chada, director of communications and technology for the Sandusky Library.
Chada said the library began by buying a dozen of the devices. Library patrons will be able to check them out for two weeks at a time. To give other patrons a chance, they will not be renewable, Chada said.
“We will keep a close eye on the lending policy to see if we are meeting the needs of the community” she said.
The devices will require a wireless Internet connection, and patrons will need to have a library card. It will come with all of the cables the patrons need to connect the device to their TV sets, Chada said.
The Roku devices will be preloaded with various free channels and will be preloaded with IndieFlix, the new movie service the library just launched. The IndieFlix website says the service offers thousands of movies from around the world.
Some of the other channels preloaded on the Roku include Crackle (which has movies and TV shows), the History Channel, ESPN, the Smithsonian Channel, TED Talks and two music channels, Vevo and Pandora. The Sandusky Library Roku Channel will launch soon.
Chada said only a very few libraries across the U.S. offer Roku devices for checkout.
“We’re the first one, at least in Ohio” she said.
The purchase of the Roku players was funded by the Dorn Foundation and represents the library’s latest effort to make the latest digital offerings available to library patrons, Chada said.
“I’ve been a Roku user for years,” she said. “A lot of the people in the community have been asking me about it”