By Spencer Stevens
With these three apps, you can use the library catalog when you’re on the go, download free e-books and e-audiobooks, and send print jobs to us from anywhere.
1. The CW MARS Libraries App – We’ve crammed the ENTIRE catalog into a free app you can download and use on the go. The app functions just like the catalog from the website. Here’s what you can do:
- Search & Place Holds – You’re out with your friends. Your friends mention how much they absolutely LOVED Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, and you feel left out. The CW MARS app will let you place a hold on Big Little Lies from wherever you are. Place that hold and enjoy your friends’ company. You’ll get the book in time.
- Your library card is now on your phone – You and your family spend a nice weekend in the Berkshires and visit the local library, which happens to be a member of CW MARS. You see that the book with over 1,000 holds is miraculously available near the Circ Desk—but you forgot your library card! Pull out your phone, open the app, and select “Show card.” There it is—your card number and that lovely black-and-white barcode. The librarian will take it from there. (Don’t worry, if you want to read on the drive home, take the book with you and return it to our library. We’ll make sure it gets back.)
2. The Libby App – We’ve crammed thousands of free e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines into the CW MARS Digital Catalog. Borrow them with the Libby app (for smartphones and tablets) or the OverDrive app (for Kindle and Nook). Here’s what you can do with these apps:
- Download Books – You can download e-books from the CW MARS Digital Catalog with one of these apps. You can even read a sample of any book to see if you enjoy it.
- Download Audio – You’ve been meaning to read A Game of Thrones for a while now. You decide to listen to it on your commute. The physical version of the audiobook—almost 30 CDs—might be difficult to transport. Download it onto your phone, no CDs required.
- Browse your favorite magazine – There are a ton of magazines available in the Digital Catalog for you to enjoy. You can read them all immediately—no holds lists.
3. PrinterOn – No printer? No problem. You can send a document to the library and print it out when you arrive. Here’s what you can do with PrinterOn:
- Print anywhere – You’re going on vacation and want to print your boarding pass, but your printer ran out of ink. Send that boarding pass from your email to the library using PrinterOn and print it out when you get here. Safe travels!
- Print anything – Send documents, photos, emails or attachments, and websites all from your phone or tablet. Black-and-white or color printing available.
- Print (almost) anytime – When you send us something to print out, it stays in our queue for 24 hours before being automatically deleted. Feel free to send us a document on Sunday night and print it when we open on Monday at noon.
Try out these apps for yourself, or ask a staff member at the Adult Services Desk for help getting started.