Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

Mobile Apps

Several libraries have opted to go beyond responsive design and create apps for their libraries.  Apps, or applications, are self-contained pieces of software that can run on the Internet or on a variety of devices.  They're most commonly used on smartphones, but newer operating systems such as Windows 8 and Apple’s Mountain Lion incorporate apps into laptops and desktops. 

Louisville and Lexington collaborated with Boopsie to design their apps, while the Goodnight Memorial Library in Simpson County designed their app (available through Google Play) in-house. 

The Daviess County Public Library in Owensboro has created an innovative app in-house and program called Frame Your Imagination.  Using Aurasma, an augmented reality app, library visitors hold their mobile devices up to an empty frame, and images will automatically be displayed on the screen.​