APPy New Year

January 9th, 2018

APPy New Year


With the NOLA Library App, you now have a way to access your library account, event listings, our full catalog, and so much more around-the-clock and on-the-go, all from your mobile device.

Available for Android and iOS, all you need to do is search for “NOLA Library” in Apple’s App Store or in Google Play for Android, and the Library will be along for the ride, wherever the destination. It’s free to download and free to use.

Featuring a simple design, with intuitive functionality, you can use the app to browse the catalog for books, DVDs and music. You can also place, suspend, or cancel holds with ease and you can keep tabs on your incoming holds, due dates, renewals, fines, and more by selecting “My Account” from the app’s main menu.

With the app, you can learn about upcoming library events that you are interested in by filtering through date, location, or event category.

Trying to find the nearest library? The app can help with that as well. Using the “Library Locator” feature you can get library directions from Google maps and get location hours of operation and phone numbers.

The app offers direct access to our eResources content, such as eBooks, eAudioBooks, downloadable music, magazines, and streaming films, documentaries and television programs. Even when your neighborhood library isn’t open, you will have access to the content you want when you want it. The app connects users to Overdrive for e-Books, Kanopy for streaming video content, Flipster for popular magazines, Freegal for free and legal downloadable music that’s yours to keep, and Hoopla for eAudioBooks – just to name a few.

Tired of being outside of the library and seeing a book you’d like to read? The BookLook feature allows you to place holds by scanning the ISBN barcode on the back of any book. Simply scan the code on the back of the book and BookLook will check the availability within the Library. You can reserve the book instantly using this feature within the app.

BookLook isn’t the only feature simplifying your life. Barcode Wallet helps you to keep track of all the barcodes for your loyalty and membership cards – including your library card. This feature lets users digitize many of their physical cards, keeping just the vital data handy. We know that today’s library user is more likely to transact their digital day on a smartphone or tablet, as much as they would have used a computer five or more years ago, which is why we launched the NOLA Library App in 2017, and it is getting great reviews. Our app has been well-received, with a 4.8 ranking on Google Play and 4 + ranking on the App Store. One Google user called it “The app of my dreams,” and an App Store customer said, “The app is the main way I interact with the Library, and have enjoyed using all of its capabilities.”

To learn more about the app and to try it out by viewing a demonstration, visit To download, the app search for “NOLA Library” in Apple’s App Store or in Google Play for Android.

If you would like to have a library staff member assist you with downloading the app or walking you through all of the app features, schedule a one-on-one session. The list of sessions is available here.

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