Wild about Westerns? Download, pardner!

Howdy pardners! I have a fondness for Westerns so I thought I’d put together a list of books and movies available to download for free with your library card! –Mary M.

MOVIES/TV available for streaming
The Lonesome Dove miniseries with Robert Duvall. Based on Larry McMurtry’s fantastic frontier epic.

John Ford’s Stagecoach, starring John Wayne, or try the 2016 remake Stagecoach with Trace Adkins.

McLintock with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara

The Cowboy and the Senorita with Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, and (of course!) Trigger

Boots and Saddles with Gene Autry and friends

If you’d like to binge-watch Westerns all day, you’re in luck, there are plenty more available on Hoopla.


True Grit by Charles Portis (ebook) – How can I begin to tell you how much I love this book? It tells the tale of teenaged Mattie Ross, who’s out for vengeance against the coward who shot her father dead. The book was made into a movie starring John Wayne in the 60s, but to my mind the 2010 remake by the Coen Brothers is supreme. It features Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld. The movie isn’t available for streaming on Hoopla but you can borrow the soundtrack.)

The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout (audiobook) – This well-written Western was made into a movie a few years ago. I didn’t see the movie (repeat after me: the book is almost always better!) but I was blown away by this tragic tale of women on the American frontier.

Also, check out our selection of audiobook Westerns and eBook westerns – available anytime, and free with your library card on Hoopla Digital.


If you were like me, you probably read comic books when you were growing up, but it’s likely been a long time since you’ve tried one. Hoopla has a fantastic collection of comics (we now call them graphic novels, but that’s just a fancy word for comic book), and a lot of them are Western-themed. You can find a list here. Check a comic book out and see if you like it!