Are mobile apps replacing library websites?

Mobile apps have recently surpassed desktops in market share. As the global leader in providing mobile apps to libraries, we want to make sure you are up to date with the latest information.

Statistics show increase in mobile app usage.

Toura was among the first mobile app for libraries back in 2011, offered in partnership with the British Library. In North America, and several years later in 2005, Boopsie was the first company to offer a mobile app to the library market with access to the library’s catalog.

Think back to that year, when Boopsie first launched with the then popular cell phones such as Motorola Razr, Nokia, Sony Ericcson and of course the Blackberry. As you can imagine, the user experience back then was for trailblazers and pioneers – and – not very good. Lack of APIs, and web services from the ILS vendors, and small screen sizes, slow wireless and limited cellular data plan speeds, etc. on the phone side made for a not-so-great experience but showed promise!

Apps have evolved since the use of phones like the Blackberry.

So what might this mean if mobile app usage in your library has surpassed desktop/laptop usage?

Well it would certainly affect the library’s strategic planning in several key areas.

New opportunities for marketing in both print and electronic formats (e-newsletters, blog posts, social media, etc.) are available. And let’s not forget that many communities have one or more additional languages other than English spoken. And often these groups of citizens or refugees may be in need of library services the most – if only the library spoke their language.

With the Solus Library App, we’re supporting 30+ languages to provide a gateway to library resources that is understood – and appreciated to these groups within your community.

Download our free Mobile App Strategic Planning Ideas for Public Libraries PDF doc for some great ideas.


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