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July 11, 2012

Houston Public Library Unveils Mobile App

The Houston Public Library (HPL) has released a mobile app that gives customers on-the-go access to the catalog, account information and reference services. The free app is available to smart phones (like the iPhone and Android devices), as well as offering a mobile web option for all others. Customers can download the app that best fits their devices from or access the mobile web version at

Pew Internet estimates that 69% of library customers use apps to access information. The HPL app will allow customers to obtain library information and interact with library services from their mobile devices. From the mobile app, customers can:

  • Access the HPL catalog, including the ebook collection, place holds, search for materials and find recommendations on other books to read;
  • Check their accounts to see due dates and renew materials checked out;
  • Get information about HPL locations and find the location closest to them based on their mobile device's GPS;
  • Interact with reference librarians via chat, email or text
  • Search or browse the calendar of events;
  • Connect with HPL's social media content, including blog posts;
  • And more!

Download the HPL app today!

For more information visit and to learn more about HPL, visit

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