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November 19, 2017

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SPL Mobile App

Access Your Library on Your Mobile Device

You can browse, place holds, make reading lists and more, all on your tablet or smartphone. Our catalog works well on mobile devices in standard browsers—no need to download an app. This is the easiest way to manage your Library account on a tablet or smartphone. Try it now!

Our Catalog on the Go

With our BiblioCommons catalog, the pages adjust to fit the screen of your smartphone or tablet. You can use our catalog on your mobile device to do almost anything you do on a desktop browser.

  • Search our catalog
  • Reserve items to pick up at your branch (place a hold)
  • Browse reading lists
  • Read reviews from other patrons and staff
  • See due dates for items you borrow

Create a shortcut link on your device

Follow the instructions below to create a shortcut link to the responsive mobile catalog on your smartphone or tablet.

Android

  1. Open the Chrome web browser
  2. Navigate to seattle.bibliocommons.com
  3. Tap on the "Add to Home screen" option
  4. Type in a name for the shortcut
  5. Tap on the "Add" link
  6. The shortcut is now on your home screen.

iPhone

  1. Open the Safari web browser
  2. Navigate to seattle.bibliocommons.com
  3. Tap on the "Share" icon in the browser
  4. Tap on the "Add to Home Screen" option
  5. (Optional) Type in a name for the shortcut
  6. Tap on the "Add" link
  7. The shortcut is now on your home screen.

Microsoft Windows phones

  1. Open the Internet Explorer web browser
  2. Navigate to seattle.bibliocommons.com
  3. Tap on the "..." link in the browser
  4. Tap on the "Pin to Start" option
  5. The shortcut is now on your home screen.

SPL Mobile App

We recommend that you use our BiblioCommons catalog to access your Library account on a mobile device, but you can also download the free SPL Mobile App. Use it on your smartphone or tablet to search for, reserve and renew books, CDs and DVDs. You also can text a librarian, search the library calendar and more.

You can use the app for free on iPhone, Android phone, Blackberry, Windows phone, Palm, Symbian and J2ME. You also can use it on Windows and Android tablets, as well as the iPad.

Here are some of the things you can do with the mobile app:

  • Search the Library catalog
  • Request and renew books, CDs and DVDs
  • Check your balance for overdue fines that you owe
  • See how many books you have checked out
  • Use your library card barcode in the app to check out books
  • Check out EPUB e-books and MP3 audiobooks
  • Get branch locations, hours and maps
  • Ask a Librarian a question
  • Search the Library calendar for events and classes
  • Listen to Library podcasts
  • See lists of new and recommended books
  • Read the Shelf Talk blog
Chat with a librarian now!