Updated Library App Increases Access to Collections, Services and More

Published on May 30, 2023

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Beginning May 30, 2023, Arlington County residents and Library patrons can download an updated Arlington Public Library app from the Apple Appstore and Google Play Store.

The popular Library app, available for iOS and Android devices, provides streamlined access to library collections, introduces new account features, keeps track of multiple card holders, and delivers timely information about library programs, services, and location updates.

“Our top priority is to provide the community with as many options as possible to access Library collections and services,” says Library Director Diane Kresh.

“Our technology team is excited to deliver this important application for both Library staff and the community that they serve," said David Herlihy, Digital Innovation and Cloud Division Director for Arlington County. “This new offering highlights our commitment to provide innovative digital solutions that focus on the end users needs first and foremost, making it easier and more enjoyable to access government services.”

New Library app features include:

  • Multiple curated reading lists
  • Customizable user profiles
  • User lists
  • Book ratings and personalized recommendations
  • Sharing options
  • Stay updated with notifications

Improved Library app features include: 

  • Streamlined account overview
  • Better catalog search options with an expanded list of filters
  • Ability to place volume holds
  • More filtering options for events by location
  • Improved user interface design and experience

The Arlington County Departments of Technology Services (DTS) and Arlington Public Library have collaborated since 2017 to deliver a free and custom-tailored technology solution for Arlington residents and library patrons. It has been downloaded more than 60,000 times and its in-house development by both departments has reduced vendor-related costs.

The Library app furthers the County’s goal of reducing barriers for residents through its digital equity efforts. Learn more about Arlington’s digital equity initiative, which strives to provide all residents with affordable, reliable access to high-speed broadband internet.

For a full list of app features and to download the app, visit Arlington Public Library's website.

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