Ida Public Library Catalog Now Mobile!

Local area libraries that make up the Northern Illinois Cooperative (NIC) have developed a new mobile online public catalog for their patrons use with smart phones or other mobile devices. As times change, the libraries strive to keep current with cardholders’ technological needs and understand the importance of convenience. This new NIC mobile site allows patrons to search for library materials and place items on hold from the ease of their mobile device.

The NIC libraries include:

Ida Public Library (Belvidere)
Cherry Valley Public Library District
Harvard Diggins Library
Howard Colman Library (Rockford College)

Nippersink Public Library District (Richmond)
North Suburban Library District (Loves Park, Machesney Park and Roscoe)
Talcott Free Public Library District (Rockton)
Woodstock Public Library

To access this site from your smart phone, open a web browser and go to: mobile.niclibraries.org. You can search for library materials by using the standard keyword search and see what is currently available at the library of your choice in the NIC catalog. You can also place the item on hold from your mobile device. (Note: Internet access on your mobile device is required to sue the NIC Mobile. See your cellular service provider for details on specific fees and charges that may apply.)

For patrons also on Facebook, the NIC libraries also created a NIC Facebook app that can be added to your Facebook home page. The link is:
http://apps.facebook.com/nic_framed/. Add this link to your Facebook home page for just a “click” away to the NIC catalog for your added convenience.

Mobile users with iPhone/iPod Touch can also add “Library Books” app. It can be purchased through the iTunes store. Patrons can use Library Books as a way to connect to your patron account. Use Library Books to view items currently checked out, view holds, and renew items right from this app. Families can add multiple cards to keep track of everyone’s card. Fees due apply to purchase this app, search “Library Books” in the iTunes Store. The libraries do not profit from the sale of this app.

For more information about these new services, contact Assistant Director Debbie Bloom at 815-544-3838 or debbieb@idapubliclibrary.org.

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