Visit your library anywhere with new app

Published Wednesday, 13th April 2016

Fairfield Open Libraries will launch a new library system and app on Wednesday 20 April that will give customers unprecedented access to library facilities online.

The app, called Spydus, combined with the new library system, will create a state-of-the-art Library system that combines all of the Library’s digital services into one convenient place. It is the centrepiece that links all of the Open Libraries elements into one portal.  Library members will be able to use the app on any computer, whether it’s in one of Council’s libraries or on their own computer at home or at work, as well as on their mobile phone or tablet.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone made a commitment to modernisation of the libraries when he launched Council’s Open Libraries Program last August.

“The app is a whole new way to experience Open Libraries,” Mayor Carbone said. “This is a state-of-the-art Library system that is a great leap forward in terms of the services we can now provide to our community.

“We are now able to meet our community’s expectations for a library that never closes.”

Some of the library system and app features include:

· Sending email and SMS alerts; for example, to warn customers that a loan period is about to expire

· The ability for customers to extend borrowing time

· Being able to join the library online

· Library catalogue searches

· Reserving books or other resources and receiving an SMS or email alert when it is ready to collect

· Ability to read eBooks, eMagazines, listen to an audio book or conduct research for school or university assignments

· Booking a place at a library event

· Viewing the Library’s heritage collection

Council will be working with the app’s producer to continually improve the user experience. Upgrades are already being planned, such as the ability to use the app on your Smart TV or downloading library events to your Outlook calendar.

“This app is a one-stop shop that combines all of the Library’s digital services into one convenient service. It allows users to search the library’s entire collection,” Mayor Carbone said. “Open libraries are now open wherever and whenever you want.

“I’m proud of the many improvements we have already made to Open Libraries and there are many more to come. In June and July the front of Whitlam Library in Cabramatta will be totally revamped into a vibrant space where you will be able to enjoy a cup of coffee while using new and modern facilities.

“The upgrade will also feature technology hubs, TV viewing areas and modern study spaces. Whitlam Library will become a dynamic space focusing on people spaces and the latest technologies.

“All of these improvements represent a great leap forward in terms of the services we now provide our community.”

ENDS

Media enquiries: Mark Bransdon, Communications and Marketing Officer
Phone: 9725 0166
Email: fcccommunications@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au