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Alameda Free Library Launches Mobile App

Library services are now available on-the-go. Browse the catalog, find events and even get live homework help from your smartphone.

From an Alameda Free Library press release:

Want to renew a book or place one on hold? There’s an app for that. Looking for library hours or locations? There’s  an app for that. Download an ebook? Find information on library events? There’s an app for that, too. 

The recently launched a mobile app to put the library at your fingertips. From any mobile phone connected to the Internet you can instantly tap into library resources, anytime, anywhere. You can search the library catalog, check your account, get live homework help, find events and more.  

To access the library’s mobile app, visit afl.boopsie.com on your mobile device.  

“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 Jane Chisaki, library director. “Our mobile app puts library information just one click away with much faster access than going through a browser. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this new way to use the library by downloading our app.” 

"It's pretty amazing," Alameda Patch reader Corey Cooper reports. "Better than the online catalog."

Searching the catalog with the mobile app is especially easy, library staff say. Just type the first few letters of two or three words and search results will begin to appear. For example, if you’re looking up Mark Twain in the catalog, just type “ma twa.” Once you find the title you’re looking for, you can place it on hold right from your phone. 

The library’s mobile app was developed by Boopsie Inc. More than 250 libraries and universities use Boopsie to increase campus and community visibility. Easy to implement and affordable for all size libraries, Boopsie solves the problem of unwieldy website viewing on a small screen For more information on the library’s new mobile app, visit afl.boopsie.com or contact the library at 510-747-7777.

What do you think of the new library app? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Heather C. Martin June 07, 2012 at 04:43 PM
This is SO COOL! I downloaded it right away and started using it immediately. It is so much easier to use than even the regular on-line page! I love it! Go reading!

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