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February 12, 2016

Using the Library

Get Started : SPL Mobile App

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Library Closed Monday, Feb. 15

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15.


Possible service interruption in online Library services Feb. 13 - 14

The Library will be performing maintenance on our network. While we are not expecting service interruptions during this period, there might be brief interruptions in online services. You will be able to search the Bibliocommons catalog, but may not be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) may experience outages as well. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also may be affected.

SPL Mobile App

Can I use the Library from my smart phone or other Web-enabled mobile device?

Yes. The Library has a free mobile application (app). Access your Library account, find the nearest branch, search the catalog and browse for books, CDs and DVDs while on the go!


Will it work on my phone?

The app works on all major smart phones, including iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Palm, Symbian and J2ME.


How do I get the app?

To download the app for:

  • Most devices - Visit a new window) on your mobile device or scan the QR code on the right
  • iPhones - Visit the iTunes App Store. Search for "SPL Mobile"
  • Android Phones - Visit Google Play. Search for "SPL Mobile"
  • Windows Mobile - Visit the Windows Phone App Store.  search for "SPL Mobile"


The app is free from any source.


What does it do?

  • Scannable barcode - pull up your Library card barcode on your mobile device to check out books
  • Smart prefix search - Enter the first few letters of a word or phrase to search the catalog. For example, entering "ha pot g" into the search box finds "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"
  • Search the Library's Calendar - For upcoming events and classes
  • Library locator - All Library locations include links to an interactive map
  • Ask a Librarian - by IM or phone
  • Check your account - Reserve and renew books, CDs and DVDs
  • Download Library podcasts - Featuring your favorite authors
  • Stay connected - With links to the Library's blogs and Facebook page


Need help using the app?

Ask a Librarian or call us at 206-386-4636.


Can't install or run the app?

Get technical support at

SPL Mobile works on most smart phones

Learn about our mobile app.

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