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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Naperville Public Library Launches Mobile App


One click access to library information from any smartphone

Want to check out a book or place one on hold? There’s an app for that. Pay a fine? There’s an app for that. Download an ebook? Find information fast? There’s an app for that, too.

The Naperville Public Library now has 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, ask a question, find events and more.

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To access the mobile app, search “Naperville Public Library” in your phone’s market and download the NPL app.

“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,” says Frances Tong, IT Manager. “The NPL 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.”

Searching the catalog with the mobile app is especially easy. 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 “The Hunger Games” in the catalog, just type hu ga.”  Once you find the title you’re looking for, you can place it on hold right from your phone.

The NPL app offers even more features, Frances explains, including BookCheck so library users can check out books, CDs or DVDs from anywhere in the library, without waiting on line, and BookLook Mobile that lets you scan an ISBN barcode anywhere you are to see if the library owns the title. “This is an amazing feature,” says Frances. If you’re at a store you can just scan the ISBN, see if we own it and—if we do—place a hold on it 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.

For more information about the library’s new mobile app, visit http://www.naperville-lib.org/content/use-mobile-access or call the library at 630-961-4100. For in-depth questions, call the Library’s Help Desk at library at 630-961-4100, ext. 4993.

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