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News Release

RELEASE DATE: January 6, 2014

Contact: Pamela Nyberg Kiesner
BPL Director
(360) 778-7221

Christine Perkins
WCLS Executive Director
(360) 305-3600

Local Public Libraries Launch Mobile App
One click access to library information from any Internet-capable phone

It’s a new year, a time for looking at things in a new light. In that spirit, your local public libraries are giving you a new way to take advantage of all the free library services available to you online – with an app that’s designed for optimal use on your smartphone or tablet.

Want to renew a book or place one on hold? We have an app for that. Library hours or locations? We have an app for that. Download an eBook or eMagazine? Find information fast? We have an app for those things, too.

The Bellingham Public Library and the Whatcom County Library System have recently launched Library Now, a mobile app to put your local public libraries at your fingertips. From any mobile phone or tablet connected to the Internet, you can instantly tap into library resources, anytime, anywhere. You can search the library catalog, check your account, ask a question, find events, and more.

To access the library’s mobile app, point your device to or search for Library Now in your mobile device’s app store and download the app today. It’s free!

We know that many people in Whatcom County live on their mobile phones these days, so it’s important for the library to be easily accessible whenever and wherever people need access to our staff and rich resources. Our mobile app puts library information just one click away with much faster access than going through a browser. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this new way to use the library by downloading our app today.

Searching the catalog of library materials with the mobile app is especially easy. Just type the first few letters of two or three words and search results will begin to appear. For example, if you’re looking up Mark Twain in the catalog, just type “ma twa.” Once you find the title you’re looking for, you can place it on hold right from your phone.

The app offers additional features, such as BookLook™ which lets you scan an ISBN barcode to see if the library owns the title. This is an amazing feature! If you see a book that you’re interested in, you can just scan the ISBN, see if the library owns it and—if we do—place a hold on it right from your phone.

The development of the Library Now app was coordinated by the Washington State Library, and uses funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, as well as grants from the federal Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

We hope you’ll spread the word about Library Now to everyone you know with a mobile device. It's cool, it's easy, and it's free. If you’re not using your libraries, you’re missing out!

For more information on Library Now, visit or contact either the Bellingham Public Library at 360-778-7323 or the Whatcom County Library System at 360-305-3600.



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