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Lewis and Clark Library launches virtual library card

Posted at 9:59 PM, Dec 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-12 00:04:57-05

The Lewis and Clark Library is now offering virtual library cards to their patrons as a part of the new library app cloudLibrary.

Developed by bibliotheca, the new app provides mobile checkout, interactive receipts, and the ability for families to manage everyone’s checked out materials all in one place.

According to Jordan Hanlon, Customer Experience Manager with bibliotheca, cloudLibrary allows Lewis and Clark Library patrons to not only manage their physical items a little better, but also check out a book with their cell phone.

The app will also send an alert when an item is close to becoming overdue.

Lewis and Clark will be the one of the first libraries in the world to integrate the app into their system and Systems Manager Matt Beckstrom said he is excited about offering this new service to patrons.

“We have a long history of being on the edge of some technology so this is kind of exciting,” said Beckstrom. “We had a chance with bibliotheca to offer this. They wanted somebody that had the right technology, the right location, the right amount of people, and had the right services we provided.”

The cloudLibrary app is available for free through the Apple App Store or Google Play and library staff say they are more than happy to assist anyone with setting the app up in person.

Users will then need to login using their library card number and PIN to use the service.

-Reported by John Riley/MTN News