Boyd County Public Library this month launched a mobile app that puts all the great features and services of the library at your fingertips, on the go. With it, you can instantly tap into library resources from any mobile phone or tablet connected to the internet – anytime, anywhere.
“Everyone lives on their mobile phones these days, so it’s important for the library to be easily accessible whenever and wherever people need access to our staff and rich resources,” said BPCL Director Debbie Cosper. “Our new mobile app puts library information just one click away with much faster access than going through a browser.”
BCPL cardholders can now use BCPL Mobile to search the library’s catalog, check their account, ask a question, download ebooks, audio books, magazines and music, find events and more.
One interesting feature is BookLook, which lets you scan an ISBN barcode anywhere you are to see if the library has that title. So, if you are at a bookstore and see something you like, why not scan the barcode, see if BCPL has it, and then borrow it for free?
“We encourage everyone to take advantage of this new way to use the library by downloading our app today,” Cosper added.
Searching the library’s catalog with the app is quick and easy. Just type the first few letters of two or three words and search results will begin to appear. For example, if you are looking up James Patterson in the catalog, just type “ja pat.” Once you find the title you’re looking for, you can place a hold on it right from your phone.
And, if you are signed up for the library’s new circulation text notification service, you’ll get a text on that same phone as soon as it’s ready to be picked up. If not, then you will get notification by email or regular mail, whichever you have selected.
The BCPL Mobile app is available for download free from iTunes, Google Play and Amazon, Windows 8 Desktop and Windows 8 Phone. It was developed by Boopsie Inc., which has helped more than 250 libraries and universities create apps.
With the app, you can also access all of the same great research, database and downloading services BCPL provides through its website, including Zinio eMagazines, Freading eBooks, Freegal Music, Freegal Movies and Television, OverDrive, 3M Cloud Library, Tutor.com, Mango Languages, Rocket Languages, Chilton Auto, A to Z Databases, Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) and EBSCOHost and Gale databases.
You can also use the mobile app to connect with BCPL through its many social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.
For more information on the library’s new app and what it can do, call 606.329.0090.