The Mentor Public Library has launched two new mobile apps, CardStar and Boopsie, both are free new service for patrons.
With the use of these smartphone apps, patrons not only will be able to have round-the-clock access to the library’s catalog and services, but also have an on-hand digital Mentor Public Library card.
Patrons can search in the smartphone app store under “Mentor Public Library” to find these free apps.
The MPL Mobile app, developed by Boopsie for Libraries, offers patrons anytime access to the library’s catalog content, reading lists, event calendar and social media networks.
“Patrons are able to have real-time access to materials and have the ability to manage their accounts, including placing holds and renewals,” MPL Executive Director Lynn Hawkins said.
It also gives patrons a way to search the library system's catalog, ask questions of librarians, find the nearest library, access e-books from Overdrive and more.
Meanwhile, patrons can use the library’s CardStar iPhone app as their library card. The app generates a barcode, which patrons can use in place of their card.
This means if patrons forget their card, they can use their CardStar app to check out library materials.
“Our patrons will never have to worry about forgetting their library cards again,” said MPL IT Manager Andy Gunsch
Hawkins said Mentor Public Library is the first to offer mobile-library apps in Lake County.
“This is a very fluid environment and we try to anticipate our community's needs; to be nimble enough to implement the services and programs that they want, even before they know they want them,” she said. “These new mobile apps are in response to that goal.”