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Release Date: 05/17/2010

The Seattle Public Library offers free mobile app

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Patrons of The Seattle Public Library can now reserve books, text a librarian and get information about Library programs on the go!

The Seattle Public Library now offers a free application (app) featuring the Library's catalog and easy access to many of the Library's other online services. The app, called SPL Mobile, was developed in partnership with and is powered by Boopsie.

SPL Mobile is compatible with all major smart phone software, including the iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Palm, Symbian and J2ME. To download SPL Mobile, visit spl.boopsie.com on your mobile device. iPhone users can find the app by searching for "SPL Mobile" in the iTunes App Store, and Android users can find it by searching for "SPL Mobile" in the Android Market. The app is free from any source.

Enhanced features of the mobile app include smart prefix searching to obtain search results faster than ever with just the first few letters of a word or phrase. For example, entering "ha pot g" into the search box finds "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."

Looking for the closest Library branch? All location listings include links to an interactive map. Looking for book recommendations or want to connect with other readers? Visit one of the Library's blogs or the Facebook page, all included in the mobile app, as well. You can reserve and renew books and DVDs, as well as receive online assistance from Library staff.

"SPL Mobile is another way we are expanding our reach to patrons," said City Librarian Susan Hildreth. "It makes the Library more accessible when patrons need us at any given moment, no matter where they are."

For more information, call The Seattle Public Library at 206-386-4636.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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