VBPL2GO: Library Launches Mobile App for Citizens on the Go

Monday, January 27, 2014

Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) has launched VBPL2GO, an application for mobile devices that enables customers to quickly and conveniently search the library catalog, place items on hold, manage accounts and more. The app is available now for Apple products, with an Android version in the works.  


Using the app, a customer can search using his device’s camera to scan the barcode on a book, CD, DVD or other item at a friend’s house or bookstore and see if it’s available at the library. There’s also a virtual bookshelf to add items for later reading, a recommended reading “spinner” that enables customers to spin a wheel that combs through lists of books from a variety of sources and lists. 


“VBPL2GO is another example of how Virginia Beach Public Library adapts to meet the changing needs and preferences of our customers,” said Executive Director Eva Poole. “Many customers use mobile devices to access our catalog, download resources and connect with us on social media. An app makes it more convenient for them.”


The name VBPL2GO was the most popular suggestion after crowdsourcing the library’s Facebook fans and staff. The app includes links to the library events, website, contact information and Facebook and Twitter pages. Many of the library’s subscriptions include apps for customers to quickly download content, including music, e-books, audiobooks and digital magazines. Visit www.VBgov.com/library-apps for more info.

About Virginia Beach Public Library

A community anchor for more than 50 years, Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, a joint-use library in partnership with Tidewater Community College, seven area libraries and a public law library. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early literacy classes and outreach, and local history archives and programs. In addition to books, music and magazines in tangible  and digital formats, the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, as well as movies, music, and a variety of specialty collections. Visit www.VBgov.com/libraries for more information.