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Boston Public Library launches free online catalog for iPhone, Android, other mobile devices

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  August 8, 2013 02:50 PM

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The Boston Public Library has launched a free “Mobile Catalog” that allows people to use their smartphone or other mobile device to search through the library’s collection, see which titles are available at the library system’s various branches, and request items be held or renewed.

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(Boston Public Library)
Users can also check due dates, find and download eBooks and audiobooks, browse new items and bestsellers, save titles in a “For Later” list, write reviews, view descriptions, ratings and comments and find branch hours, directions and information about fines and fees, the library announced Thursday.

The catalog is available as an app, free to download, on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod here and on Android here. The app can also be found by searching “Boston Public Library” in either the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

To access the catalog on other devices, visit www.bpl.bibliocommons.com in a mobile web browser.

“We are thrilled to now offer a mobile catalog; it is a valuable resource and option that allows our collections to be easily accessible to our library users anytime, anywhere,” said Amy E. Ryan, president of the Boston Public Library.

The catalog is specifically designed to fit small screens and optimized for high-definition screens. Some features are available only to library cardholders. Library cards are free for Massachusetts residents, property owners and those who commute to the state for work.

For more information about obtaining a library card, click here.

For more information on the new BPL Mobile Catalog, visit www.bpl.org/mobile.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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