The Houston Public Library (HPL) has released a mobile app that gives customers on-the-go access to the catalog, their accounts, and to reference services. The free app is available for iOS and Android devices (among others), as well as offering a mobile web option for all others. Customers can download the app that best fits their device formats from http://www.houstonlibrary.org/hpl-mobile-app or access the mobile web version at http://hpltx.boopsie.com/m/.
Pew Internet estimates that 69% of library customers use apps to access information. The HPL app will allow customers to obtain library information and interact with library services from their mobile devices. From the mobile app, customers can:
Access the HPL catalog, including the ebook collection, place holds, search for materials, and find recommendations on other books to read;
Check their accounts to see due dates and renew materials checked out;
Get information about HPL locations and have the app find the location closest to them based on their mobile device’s GPS;
Interact with reference librarians via chat, email or text with just a few clicks. They can get their questions answered in the method that best fits their lifestyle;
Search or browse this month’s calendar of events;
Connect with HPL’s social media content, including blog posts;
All from their phone or tablet! Download the HPL app today.
About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.
For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.
Sr. Communications Specialist
Houston Public Library
832.393.1382; cell 713.435.9596