Oxford Libraries go mobile

23 October 2009

Oxford goes mobileA new mobile service aimed at staff and students has been launched by the University this month. The application provides direct access to the online library catalogue, as well as a number of other features related to the University, including maps, contacts, news, travel information and podcasts.  Both Oxford libraries and the University are the first in the UK to offer such service.

With over 100 libraries, including the world-famous Bodleian, Oxford has the largest university library system in the UK and the new mobile service will combine information from library catalogues with the location sensing incorporated into many mobile devices allowing users to find the nearest copy of a particular book. Users are able to search for books and other items by author, title or ISBN. Results are displayed with the nearest first and simple maps to guide them to the library.

Vanessa Corrick, Head of Reader Services and Customer Relations, Bodleian Library said: ‘This mobile application brings the library resources closer to our readers and users opening up a new dimension for searching the online catalogue. I am confident this facility will shortly become indispensable especially to the University students.’

The Mobile Oxford portal is designed to be a ‘one-stop information shop’ for students, staff, local people, and visitors to get the most out of both Oxford’s twenty-first century learning facilities and its historic past.

Unlike other services, Mobile Oxford has been built to deliver information to a range of mobile phones and devices, not just Apple’s iPhone.

Although aimed at staff and students, the service is  also available to the general public. For access visit http://m.ox.ac.uk from your mobile phone’s web browser. For more information, contact mobile@ oucs.ox.ac.uk

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