Saturday, January 19, 2013

We Have an App for That! Using the myTPL App.

The new myTPL app allows library patrons to access Terrebonne Parish Library anytime, anywhere--and it even lets you scan books in bookstores to see if they're available at the library!  To download the app, go to the App Store on your iPhone or iPod touch, or the Google Play store on an Android device, and search for "Terrebonne Parish Library".

The app is divided into six features accessible from the main menu: Catalog, My Account, BookLook, OverDrive, Library Locator, and Social Media.

The Catalog feature allows patrons to search all the library’s catalogs for books, DVDs, books on CD, ebooks, and more. The catalog also allows patrons to request items to be put on hold for them.

My Account shows a patron what items he or she has checked out, and when they are due, and offers the option to renew them.  Patrons can also view the status of items requested in My Account and check for overdue balances.

BookLook allows a patron to scan the ISBN barcode or enter the ISBN number on any book anywhere to see if it’s available in the library system.  This is great if you're trying to decide whether to buy a book. If we have it, you don't need to!

If the Overdrive app is installed on the device (instructions can be found here), patrons can check out or request EPUB and audio books, as well as manage digital accounts within the Overdrive feature of the myTPL app.  Checkouts will download in the Overdrive app.

The Library Locator lists the addresses, phone numbers, operating hours and supplies directions to all the branches in the Terrebonne Parish Library System.

Social Media links connect patrons to all the library’s social media accounts, like our Facebook and Twitter pages, which are updated daily with programs, events, and services offered at the library.  Text-A-Librarian offers tells patrons how to send text questions to the library, and Blog connects patrons directly to this blog; Bayou Reference.

If you have any questions about the myTPL app, just give us a call at 876-5861, option 2!

Robert Jenkins
Reference Associate

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