The Book Lovers Library App
When was the last time you visited a library? Technology has made finding, purchasing and reading books easier than ever. So where does that leave your local library? I’ll admit that prior to 2016, I hadn’t been to a library in eight years when I was earning my undergrad degree at California State University, Fullerton. I still had that mental image of buildings made for summer reading programs and story time.
While I was in graduate school I recognized that my book buying fund needed to be saved for tuition. So with a lack of book money I decided to check out my local library. I made my way to the Erie Community Library (perfectly located between my home and office) and signed-up to check out books and some movies. The librarian handed me a flier about their app. The slogan ‘there’s an app for that’ entered my mind and made me chuckle.
When I got home with a few of my finds, I picked up my phone to download the MyLibrary app. Little did I know at the time that this new app would become my latest obsession. The Erie Community Library coordinates with six other local libraries, and through the app, I can review all seven library collections, reserve books/movies/magazines and—the best part—have my picks delivered to my local branch. Once the materials are available, the app sends an alert and when I am ready, I can pop into the library, collect my books and head home. Gone are the days of having to search all the stacks or ask a librarian to find your desired book, although both of those options are still available to those who want that experience (and sometimes talking to the librarian can be a pleasure for any book lover).
Other benefits of the app include late fee notifications, how much longer you have on the waiting list for a popular book, and the option to renew your books with the tap of a button. The library can also post upcoming events, list staff member profiles and tie in their social media networks to help facilitate new information.
Once I was done with school I had assumed that I would go back to purchasing new books just for the instant gratification factor, but I haven’t. I enjoy using the MyLibrary app. As of a few moments ago, I was able to check the app and see that my holds for Emma Cline’s The Girls and Stephanie Danler’s Sweetbitter are vast approaching and should be in my hands within the week..
Check with your local library to see if they use the MyLibrary app. You will be amazed at how addicting it can be!
Jackie Kimmel is a writer who lives in Colorado. She is the former editor of several publications including: RV Trade Digest Magazine, The Morning Bridge, The Sky Report, Tusk Magazine and The Daily Titan Newspaper. She has loved reading since she was very young and prefers biographical, historical and chick-lit books. Follow Jackie on Twitter @Jackie_Kimmel.
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