Books & Libraries

Harris County Public Library app terminated, replacement app in development

The termination does not affect any other partnering library apps like Libby, Kanopy, Beanstack and Newsreader.

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Davis Land
Pictured are bookshelves at a school library in Houston.

The Harris County Public Library is working to develop an on-the-go application after a sudden termination led to the demise of the library’s former app.

The library system announced in a social media post last week that the app will no longer be available. The developer of the application terminated services without advanced warning, according to the Kingwood Branch Library.

“While the app will still open on devices, most if not all of its most useful features are disabled,” according to the Kingwood Branch Library.

Now the library is encouraging people to use the website while it works with a different developer to create a new app.

A library staff member said Tuesday that the development of the replacement app is moving forward, but couldn’t provide additional details or the timeframe for the new app since the application is still in its early stages.

The HCPL On the Go app gave library goers options to check out books digitally, access online catalogs of magazines, movies and research articles, find events at local libraries, and manage library accounts. It also allowed people to directly connect with a librarian to ask questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

All of those features, including a 24/7 help chat are available on the Harris County Public Library website.

The termination does not affect any other partnering library apps like Libby, Kanopy, Beanstack and Newsreader.