KC Library Goes Mobile

Library Life
Your Library is now palm-sized.
Your Library is now palm-sized.

Update (October 10, 2011): The mobile app is now available for iPhone, Android, and other mobile devices. Learn more.

Thanks to our brand-new mobile app, smartphone users can now access the Kansas City Public Library from anywhere. From searching the catalog to renewing items, placing holds, and downloading e-books, a bevy of services are available through this totally free app.

The app was built by to our specifications by Boopsie, a leading company in mobile development for libraries. The app is currently available for Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Palm OS, and many other devices. It is not yet available for the iPhone, but it will be very soon. (Stand by, Apple fanboys!)

How to get the app:

  • Android: Launch the Android Market and search for "KC Library."
  • Others: Visit http://kcpl.boopsie.com on your mobile device, or scan the QR code below.
  • iPhones: Coming soon.

KC Library mobile app

Here’s a quick tour of the app’s features:

My Account
View what items you have checked out, renew items, manage holds, and check your fine balance.

Catalog Search
The app’s unique autocomplete functionality is geared toward mobile users, making it easy to find the book you want without a lot of typing. Just enter the first few letters of each word in your search term, and the app does the rest. For example, to find Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, you could just type “ha po go fi.”

Locations & Hours
Find a Library location, check  its hours of operation, tap to call the front desk, and Google Map it right on your device. You can also come here to view upcoming events and classes at each branch.

Events & Classes
Get info about all the Library’s upcoming events, including author events and lectures, classes, movies, and programs for kids and teens.

Contact Us
Call the main line or email us a reference question.

Blogs
Catch up on the latest Library news and book and movie reviews from our four blogs: KC Unbound, From the Film Vault, Keyword:Kids, and the Teen Blog.

E-books and Audiobooks
Connect to the OverDrive catalog to download e-books and audiobooks directly to your mobile device.

Databases
Access databases that offer mobile versions, including OverDrive, Mango languages, and EBSCOhost.

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
Find us on Facebook, view our latest Twitter updates from @kclibrary, and watch our videos on YouTube – right on your device.

View the Full Website
Takes you to our full, non-mobile-formatted website.

What do you think?
Send us feedback (in the comments or by emailing the Web Team) and tell us about your experience using the app.

Jason Harper is the web content guy at the Kansas City Public Library. A former journalist, he has been tweeting, Facebooking, blogging, and YouTubing for the Library since 2010.

Comments:

iPhone!

Thanks for the update, Jason. Exciting! I'm ready and waiting to test out the iPhone version of the app the moment it's released. :)

second that

Me, too, Annie!

i did not find dan gutman's

i did not find dan gutman's the genius files and there are many copies in the library system.i searched under the author,the title 'the genius files and also genius files. no matches

Mission Unstoppable

Try searching for the title of the book, Mission Unstoppable. (The Genius Files is the name of the series the book's in.)

Nook Color App

Any chance this app will be made available for the Nook Color? I don't currently own a smart phone, but I do carry my Nook Color with me everywhere I go.

Thanks,

Jon

coming soon

Jon, sorry for the delayed response; I had to contact our app developer. They say that Nook is based on Android, so they will be releasing a Nook Color app soon. We'll keep you posted!

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