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Point, Scan, Search! The OPL App's New Scan ISBN Feature



So, there you are, listening to your friend tell you all about this fantastic new book he just bought. It looks great, and you’re itching to wrestle it away from him and start reading – but he’s not quite finished yet. Want to see if the library has a copy right now?


  • First, make sure you’ve installed the OPL Mobile App on your phone or tablet.
  • Open up the OPL Mobile app and click search (the magnifying glass) in the top right corner.
  • Now if you look to the top left corner, you’ll see Scan ISBN. Clicking that button will turn the camera on your device into a scanner.
  • A viewfinder will appear on your screen. Point your camera at the ISBN barcode on the back cover of the book you’d like to search for. It might take a little practice to get the hang of it!
  • Once the viewfinder turns green, you’ll automatically be returned to the OPL app to see the search results.


You can then proceed to place a hold or check locations for available copies – without worrying about your spelling!


Want to know what OPL apps are available? Click here to explore the OPL Apps page!