Library Now: The library app for Washingtonians

The Washington State Library's direct involvement with the LibraryNow Project ended as of December 31, 2014. Some libraries continue to offer the LibraryNow app, while others have chosen to end their involvement in the project. Check the app itself for continuing participation. These project webpages are provided for historical and archival purposes.

Hold your library in the palm of your hand!

Access your library's online services using Washington State Library Now, the library app for Washingtonians.

Startup funding comes from a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation as well as the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). Participating libraries will also contribute their own funding as the project continues over time.

What can Library Now help you with?

  • Download eBooks and audiobooks
  • Easily search the library catalog, place holds
  • Check your library account, renew items
  • View or search the library events calendar
  • Find library locations, hours, maps, directions

Additional features and services

  • Connect with your library via social media (Facebook, etc.)
  • Scan a book's ISBN barcode to see if the library has it
  • Get homework help, use research tools, find answers
  • Chat with a librarian
  • And more… all using your smart phone or tablet!

Get Library Now

The Library Now app is available for most mobile devices and platforms, for mobile phones, for tablets, and similar devices. To get Library Now:

Library Now

Public Libraries

Scan to download Library Now
Scan the QR code or visit from your mobile phone.

Library Now - EDU

Academic Libraries

Scan to download Library Now - EDU
Scan the QR code or visit from your mobile phone.

Or visit your app store, and search for Library Now

Note: Library Now is available from participating Washington libraries. Not every library is included. 37 public library systems, 8 academic libraries, and 1 tribal library are participating.

Library Now works on mobile devices including Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod and iPod Touch), Windows Phone 8, Windows Mobile, Windows 8, Kindle Fire, Blackberry, Palm, J2ME, and Symbian Series 60. Other browser-enabled devices are also supported.

Credits and contacts


A substantial grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation pays for the first year subscription fees for public libraries. Money from the grant will also be used for an internet-based marketing campaign to get the word out to potential app users.

Federal LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) funding administered through the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) was used to pay for the Library Now development costs for both public and academic libraries.

Libraries will contribute their own funds as the project continues. Academic libraries pay their own 2014 subscription costs. Public libraries will assume the ongoing subscription costs for Library Now beginning in 2015.

App Developer

The Library Now app was developed by Boopsie for Libraries, the industry-leading mobile solution for over 2,500 public and academic library locations worldwide.

Contact Information

This project is organized and coordinated on behalf of Washington libraries as one of the services to libraries provided by the Library Development Program at the Washington State Library. For more information, contact the Library Now project managers:

Carolyn Petersen, Assistant Program Manager
Library Development
Library Recruitment and Marketing; 360.570.5560
Will Stuivenga, Cooperative Projects Manager
Library Development
Technical Oversight and Vendor Relations; 360.704.5217
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Funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).