March 8, 2016

Library to unveil new mobile app

Current Columbus Library app to discontinue service March 30

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will introduce its new mobile app on Monday, March 14. The new Columbus Library app, which replaces the current app, will be free to download from the App Store and Google Play.

The current Columbus Library app will no longer be in service as of March 30. Once customers download the new app, they are encouraged to delete the former version.

The new app provides:

  • Better search and browse experience
  • Access to recent returns and comments
  • Easier way to hold items

Customers will still be able to renew books, check on holds and find CML locations.

The arrival of the new mobile app comes after CML updated its catalog on Jan. 11.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help Centers, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for seven of the eight years the magazine has published its industry ratings.