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West Des Moines Public Library Launches Mobile App

Posted May 29, 2013 in Community Web Exclusives, West Des Moines

West Des Moines, IA – Want to renew a book or place one on hold? There’s an app for that. Library hours or locations? There’s an app for that. Download an ebook? Find information fast? There’s an app for those, too.

The West Des Moines Public Library has recently launched a mobile app to put the library at your fingertips. From any mobile phone connected to the internet you can instantly tap into library resources. You can search the library catalog, check your account, ask a question, find events and more.

To access the library’s mobile app, search “West Des Moines Library” in your phone’s market and download the app.

“More and more people have smart phones and we want to be able to reach them wherever they are,” says Darryl Eschete, Library Director. “Our mobile app makes that possible; it 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.”

Searching the catalog 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.

Eschete says he is especially excited about the BookLook Mobile feature, a service that lets you scan an ISBN barcode anywhere you are to see if the library owns the title. “This is an amazing feature,” says Eschete. “If you’re out shopping at a bookstore you can just scan the ISBN, see if we own it and—if we do—place a hold on it right from your phone. It’s retail book shopping and using the library integrated by technology.”

The library’s mobile app was developed by Boopsie Inc., a company specializing in developing apps for public libraries.

For more information on the library’s new mobile app, visit or contact the library at 515-222-3400.

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