Multnomah County Library puts the whole library in your hand with new, free mobile app

PORTLAND, Ore. — Aug. 22, 2011 — Multnomah County Library’s new, free mobile application makes it possible for library cardholders to use their library from almost any smartphone or Internet-enabled mobile device. With the app, library patrons can search the catalog for books, movies and music; place and cancel holds; renew items; and check their accounts. They can also access librarians directly by chat, text or phone; select e-books, audiobooks and music for download; find the nearest library; connect via social media; and more.

Compatible with nearly all popular mobile phone platforms, the app is available from the library website, the iPhone App Store and Android Market (search for “multcolib” or “multnomah”), by QR code in the display signs at every neighborhood library, and at The functionality of the app may differ from one mobile phone to another; the library’s website provides more information. Improvements and updates will be made as they become available. Funding for mobile app service was provided through financial assistance from The Library Foundation.

The library created the app as a first step in a comprehensive mobile strategy to meet library patrons at their points of need, and beyond the walls of the library. With the exponential growth in smartphone use nationally and locally, the mobile app will help meet this key patron demand.

“This app helps us continue to provide the best, most relevant service to Multnomah County Library patrons,” said Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke. “Putting popular and essential library functions in the hands of cardholders makes using the library faster, more convenient, and anticipates a connected world where mobile devices will be the primary access point for online library content and services.”

About Multnomah County Library

Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi, with a history that reaches back to 1864. Today, Central Library and the other 18 neighborhood libraries that make up the library system house a collection of two million books and other library materials. As Oregon's largest public library, Multnomah County Library serves nearly one-fifth of the state's population with a wide variety of programs and services. Over 35,000 people use the library each day, either online or in person.