Patrons of the Tacoma Public Library can now use an app for smartphones and tablets that enables them to search and place holds on the library catalog, renew items, find directions to the nearest branch, ask questions of library staff, see a calendar of upcoming programs, scan a book's ISBN number to see if the library has the title or download eBooks and eAudioBooks directly onto patron's devices. The new app even allows patrons to connect with the library on Facebook, Twitter, or through library blogs.
"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 Susan Odencrantz, Library Director. "Our mobile app puts library information just one click away with much faster access than going through a browser."
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 show.
Download the app at Tacoma.boopsie.com or search "TPL mobile" in your app stores. The mobile app is currently available for Android smartphones and tablets. TPL mobile should be available shortly through Apple's iTunes store.
"The apple folks keep telling us 'any day now'," says David Domkoski Community Relations Manager for Tacoma Public Library.
Patrons experiencing difficulty in loading the library application onto their smartphone or tablet are encouraged to bring their mobile device to the library for assistance. If you have any questions about the apps call Tacoma Public Library at (253) 592-2001.