Do you have a smartphone or tablet? Use it to access DPL’s resources? If so, you’re not alone. In the last year and a half, visits to our site from mobile devices have more than quadrupled. In January 2011 around 3% of all visitors came from a mobile device. Last month it was over 15%, and it’s been a steady rise.
As we watch these patterns, we are continually looking to make the mobile experience as positive as possible for you, our customers. For example, on the mobile version of our site we’ve recently added the ability to immediately find the closest branch to you. So if you’re out and about and need to find a library close by, point your phone’s browser to denverlibrary.org and then click on "Locations."
Of course, making our sites usable and useful on mobile devices is a major undertaking, and we still have plenty of work to do. Here’s where you can help us out – let us know in the comments what functionality and content you’d like to see from our sites when you navigate to them on your phone or tablet. We’ll see what we can do…
I love the new feature telling me miles to the branch.
This is great! Does DPL has an app I can download to my iPhone that will make it easy to check my account and search the catalog?
We don't have an app that you'll find in the app store, but from our mobile site you can easily check your account and search the catalog (and place holds - something I'm constantly doing during the previews of DVDs I've checked out from DPL). And you can make our site behave like a mobile app by adding a DPL Mobile icon to your iPhone home screen. To do this, go to denverlibrary.org on your iPhone, and click on the icon at the bottom of the page that looks like a box with an arrow jumping out of it. You should get a few options - choose "Add to Home Screen", change the name from our default if you'd like, and click "Add" in the top right corner of the screen.
If my instructions don't make sense, Lifehacker has a great tutorial.
First I wanted to say thanks for not only having a mobile site, but a good one. It's simple, clean and has everything I need. I really don't think there are any -needed- improvements.
That said, if you wanted to get fancy, I have one suggestion.
The DPL website has a very nice 'list' function where you can create a list of books (such as those you'd like to check out). This list can be printed or emailed, but as far as I can tell, it cannot be accessed via the mobile site. I don't think you can add books to lists via mobile either. I admit, I still head to the library with an index card listing the books/call numbers I'd like to get, but it would be pretty slick to have access to this info via my phone.
Thanks again for keeping DPL ahead of the tech curve.
Thanks for the kind words, Jen, and great ideas!
The functionality you're looking for is something that would be provided by the company that provides our catalog functionality. Not everything has made it in yet, but they've done a great job with the mobile version so far, and are receptive to our feedback and ideas. In fact, when our mobile catalog is next upgraded (hopefully this fall), we're told it will include both the options to check your lists and to text yourself a call number. For now, if you're looking up items on the regular catalog, you should be able to text yourself the call numbers.
Thanks again for your comment.