Library releases app for phones

NEWTON FALLS – A mobile application for libraries in the Clevnet system is up and running, allowing patrons to reserve and review books in the catalog from the convenience of their smartphones.

”Some people live with their phones,” said Carol Baker, Newton Falls adult services librarian.

For this reason she said the app would be a great tool in keeping the library up to speed with technology. Some features that she highlighted in the app include a library locator and the ability to scan a book’s ISBN to see if it is in the library system. In this way, a patron could scan a book in a store or at a friend’s house and reserve it at the library with a few clicks on the phone.

The app allows a search of all 38 libraries in the consortium that spans northern Ohio. Local libraries in the system include Newton Falls, Bristol, Kinsman, Girard, Hubbard and Niles McKinley.

With the app, patrons can access and request materials from each library’s book, ebook, audiobook and movie collection.

Patrons can manage their books on hold and renew items that they have checked out. Baker said the app gives patrons access to best seller lists and collections of new releases. It also provides reader-made lists and reviews for patron’s to compare their reading preferences. A mobile library card barcode can be used at the library in place of a traditional library card for checking out items.

The app is available for free in the iTunes App Store and the Android-based Google Play market. Baker encouraged anyone needing assistance with the app to stop in the library for help.