Free New App Delivers the Des Plaines Public Library to Your Phone, 24/7
Every month, the Des Plaines Public Library’s website is viewed more than 3,000 times on a smartphone or mobile device. Maybe you’re one of those viewers. If so, the library has developed a mobile app for just for you!
The Des Plaines Public Library’s new DPPL mobile app allows library users to check accounts, search the library catalog, and more. To download the new DPPL mobile app, just visit our website at http://www.dppl.org/mobile/app.html. You will find links there to the iOS app store, the Google Play Store (for Android devices), and a link to follow if you have another type of device.
The DPPL app, which is available for a wide range of platforms including iOS and Android, is optimized for mobile devices. Library users can log in to their library account, place holds and renew materials and search the library catalog in a mobile-friendly format and more, easily and quickly. “Before we launched the app, you could access the library’s webpage on mobile devices, but the experience wasn’t really user friendly. On a mobile device, the big scrolling pages, tiny buttons, and vanishing text made it a little frustrating to use” say DPPL web services librarian Brodie Austin. “The new DPPL app delivers direct access to the library’s website in a format that makes all of these tasks easier to do on the go. You can use really important library services like our catalog and eBook collection with ease, on the fly, anywhere, anytime.”
Other cool features include the BookLook, which allows library users to scan a book and check if DPPL has a copy. Users can also download eBooks and eAudiobooks to personal devices via the new app and stay connected with the library via a calendar of upcoming events, DPPL’s Twitter feed, Facebook pages, and blogs. “We don’t want your relationship with the library to begin and end inside the building. The DPPL app lets you use our services in ways that make sense to you, that fit into your life” Austin, explains.
For more information on DPPL Mobile and other digital book, movies, music and eResources available for free at the Des Plaines Public Library, visit www.dppl.org/edppl.