DATE: March 30, 2012
Visitors to Central Terminal can access free eBooks and more from the BCL WoW sign.
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Visitors to the Broward County Transit Central Terminal, 100 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale can now access free downloadable books as well as the Broward County Library’s free mobile app, BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls. Broward County Libraries and Transit partnered together to offer commuters free downloadable books and access to the BCL WoW mobile app via a colorful, eye-catching metal sign posted near the Terminal’s information booth on the east wall.
The bright, weatherproof metal sign, which features the distinctive sunburst BCL WoW logo, has two QR codes that can be scanned by anyone with a smart phone, tablet or eBook reader. One code offers access to approximately 34,000 free eBooks that can be downloaded by anyone.
The other QR code allows users to download the BCL WoW free mobile app, which lets users access the library features and services they need and want, anytime and anywhere. With the BCL WoW mobile app, customers with a Broward County Library card can access their Broward County Library account, making it easy and simple to place holds and renew items. Use the new app to find Broward County Library locations and to see what exciting, fun and informative library events are coming up. Browse the entire Broward County Library catalog, recommended reading lists and Facebook and Twitter pages.
“Broward County Libraries and Transit, working together, are able to provide our customers with the latest in information technology,” says Libraries Division Director Robert E. Cannon. “In addition to a convenient and forward-looking transit system, riders now have access to thousands of books and other media titles, plus many other online services, like one-on-one tutoring, language instruction, job search assistance and thousands of information sources.”
QR (quick response) codes can be used by anyone with a smart phone or electronic reader that is equipped with a scanner app. QR codes have been in use since the 1990s but have recently gained popularity in the United States as an efficient way to provide bookmarks to web resources. Broward County Library also offers free downloadable books via QR code posters displayed on LCD screens at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport baggage claim areas.
The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 37 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of the Broward County's diverse community. The library continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site, www.broward.org/library, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Historical Commission.