Manchester Libraries have launched a new app for mobile devices, which is available to download for free.
The Apple version of the app is out now, with versions for Android and Blackberry users set to follow soon.
The app allows users to search Manchester’s extensive collection of books, ebooks and audiobooks from their smartphone or tablet. It can also be used to scan the barcode of any book, to see if Manchester Libraries has a copy – and if the book is in stock, members can then reserve it for collection from their nearest library.
Fines for returning books late could be a thing of the past, as members can quickly and easily renew their loans using the app.
The app also tells users how far they are from their nearest library and provides quick links to view Manchester Libraries’ pages on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.
Executive member for culture and leisure, Councillor Rosa Battle, said: "This free app makes it easier than ever to connect with Manchester Libraries, so if you haven’t joined, here is yet another reason to become a library member. Smartphone and tablet users can now find, reserve and renew books on the go and can even scan books to see if we have a copy in stock."