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You can use your mobile phone to find materials in libraries near you! You'll be able to:
Search for library materials—Enter search terms such as keywords, author or title. For example, to find "Absolute Power by David Baldacci", just type 'abs pow dav'.
Find a WorldCat library near you—Enter your ZIP, postal code or use your Location in the Libraries Locator
Call a library—Highlight and click the phone number in a library listing to place a call
Map a route—Find the fastest way to a WorldCat library using the integrated mapping software.
By: GgcBeach - Jul 11, 2009
This search is cool! I found The Kite Runner with Kit Run. I like the way the maps of the libraries works just like Google Maps - I found my nearest library in 3 clicks including launching the program!
Awesome idea but
By: JSJ99 - Apr 5, 2009
The bottom tab covering the words drives me nuts. Also, pleace smoothen out the interface and let us favorite libraries and search only them or from only one. Other than that, this us a good start! Keep up the good work!(;
By: thevelocipede - Sep 24, 2009
I'm a librarian and was expecting great things from this app. Unfortunately the developer missed the best use of a mobile device by not including the item's location within the library. Who wants to walk all the way across the building when you should be able to use this app to locate books from within the stacks.
Great concept, less-than-ideal execution
By: estaples - Aug 28, 2009
Works as advertised, though the navigation is a little wonky, hanging up and showing delays, as well as being a little confusing. Also, if no local libraries are carrying a book, it would be nice to say so plainly rather than have the 'Libraries' heading on a results screen with nothing under it; not very intuitive.
App is OK; WorldCat itself is very misleading
By: Peter_NYC - Aug 7, 2009
The app, though sloppy around the edges, as others have noted, works well enough for basic searches. For more advanced searching, you'll want to go to the website or, better, to a local library that has FirstSearch.
WorldCat itself misleads badly, and it's time they came clean about it. They don't tell you thus up front, but only those libraries large enough or rich enough to pay a very hefty extra fee have their holdings listed. That means it is very likely your local or school library or another close by will not show up in the list of owning libraries, and you could travel 50 miles to get something that's actually availble five blocks away.
Sadly, the only way to do a truly comprehensive search of the OCLC database is to go to one of those larger or richer libraries and ask to use FirstSearch. In other words, you would have to travel 50 miles to that FirstSearch-subscribing library to find out that the library five blocks away from you owns the thing you're looking for.
WorldCat could be one of the wonders of the modern world. There ought to be a huge public outcry about this.
By: whshep - Jul 10, 2009
When the opening screen has a "Back" button, you know you're in trouble. Every time I try to use this app, I find more things to dislike about it. I have yet to find anything I like. The discontinued iPhone-optimized site wasn't all that good, but it was tons better than this.
Compare a search on the real WorldCat with this app and you will immediately see its shortcomings: no easy way to change locations (it insists I'm on the other side of the continent); library listings include school libraries (boy, that's a help); author searches are inexact; search results listings are illogical (you'd think the first entry in a title search would be from the closest library, but no!); search listings include different formats willy-nilly (I can't find more "Books" until I scroll through "Articles," "Visual Materials," and "Archival Materials"?); "More" button in the search results listing doesn't take you to top of next screen; confusing menu choices, or menu choices that are not menus ("Test"?); poor formatting of item pages (ever hear of margins and white space?).
C'mon, WorldCat, give us a mobile app worthy of your name. In the meantime, we'll make do with the real thing on Mobile Safari—that at least is useful and usable, as long as you don't mind pinching in and out.
This ought to work, but can't handle location change, also many weird non-worldcat channels
By: app-seeker - Apr 16, 2009
It doesn't seem like this is actually a product of WorldCat/OCLC, because when you first start it, there is a Boopsie agreement you have to agree to. Then it couldn't handle a location change (I was in Santa Monica, wanted to examine libraries in SF Valley which I specified by zip code) -- it basically hung. Screen handling also is not smooth, the program freezes and hangs. And the weird thing is the upper right icon that is "channels" which takes you to all sorts of weird AOL and entertainment stuff -- what does this have to do with WorldCat?
Doesn't work for international libraries
By: harborb - Apr 11, 2009
A shame. I use the web browser all the time so it's a shame this doesn't work if you are outside the US.