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Borrow a book by scanning a barcode

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There’s great news ahead of National Libraries Day tomorrow – readers can now borrow a book just by scanning its barcode.

A free app has been launched that allows people to read the code of any title, anywhere and get a list of the nearest libraries stocking it.

Then anyone with a Surrey County Council library card can reserve it immediately from their smartphone or tablet computer.

Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “Whether you spot a best-seller while out shopping, like the look of a friend’s blockbuster or pick up an interesting novel at a book club, this app will let you see if it’s in stock at your local library and borrow it.

“There is a generation of young people growing up for whom it is second nature to make apps work for their lifestyle. In Surrey, we’re embracing technology to cater for these changing demands, showing our commitment to our libraries.”

People using the app can also download current issues of more than 70 magazines free of charge, including The Economist, TV Times and Cosmopolitan, download any of Surrey’s 2,300 e-books for free or renew and browse for items.

The app is available for both Apple and android devices and its launch comes after a virtual version of one of the county’s libraries was created to allow readers to experience being in the branch from anywhere with an internet connection.

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