Appy days at the library

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THERE’S an exciting, new smartphone app tailored specifically to those who love their library.

East Renfrewshire libraries have launched the programme which promises to put your local library “at your fingertips”.

The app gives users instant access to the library catalogue and allows them to reserve any book they wish.

After perusing the catalogue, if a reader spies a book they wish, they can scan its barcode and the app will search the catalogue to determine its availability.

If it is, it is then a simple process to reserve it and then go along to the library and pick it up.

Users will also be given access to e-books and magazines 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

East Ren libraries have a huge range of e-books and e-audio books available to download, which include bestsellers, children’s titles, fiction and non-fiction.

Other services available using the app include access to the Encyclopaedia Brittanica, transparent languages online — which is a fun language-learning tool — and a free online driving theory test programme.

Convener of community services and community safety, councillor Mary Montague, said: “East Renfrewshire council is rightly proud of its wonderful library staff and facilities and this brilliant, new app is another example of that.

“It’s free of charge and gives you access to your library in the palm of you hand, any time, anywhere.

“It’s an excellent addition to the services our libraries offer and it is already proving hugely popular with our members.”

Also just launched is the libraries’ free, online magazine collection, which give library members access to a wide selection of popular UK titles such as Hello!, Ideal Home, Men’s Fitness, New Scientist, BBC Good Food, and more.

The services offers the chance to read the full digital copy free of charge from your PC, smartphone, tablet or Kindle Fire.