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September 19, 2017

Using the Library

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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 spl.boopsie.com(Opens 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 help@boopsie.com.

 

Access the Library's responsive catalog

You can also access the responsive Library's catalog and your account through any mobile web browser at http://seattle.bibliocommons.com/dashboard.
All the features in the desktop version of the catalog are available in the responsive mobile catalog site.

 

To create a shortcut link to the responsive mobile catalog on your smartphone or tablet:

 

Android

  1. Open the Chrome web browser
  2. Navigate to seattle.bibliocommons.com
  3. Tap on the "Add to Home screen" option
  4. Type in a name for the shortcut
  5. Tap on the "Add" link

The shortcut is now on your home screen!

 

iPhone

  1. Open the Safari web browser
  2. Navigate to seattle.bibliocommons.com
  3. Tap on the "Share" icon in the browser
  4. Tap on the "Add to Home Screen" option
  5. (Optional) Type in a name for the shortcut
  6. Tap on the "Add" link

The shortcut is now on your home screen!

 

Microsoft Windows phones

  1. Open the Internet Explorer web browser
  2. Navigate to seattle.bibliocommons.com
  3. Tap on the "..." link in the browser
  4. Tap on the "Pin to Start" option

The shortcut is now on your home screen!

 

SPL Mobile works on most smart phones

Learn about our mobile app.

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