QR Codes in your library – what are they and how do they work?


  • Quick Response Codes (QR Codes) are 2-dimensional barcodes that link you to all types of online information through your mobile device. The Gold Coast Library are trialing the use of QR codes and have come up with some cool ways for you to try using them.

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You’ll find QR Codes located in:

  • Shelving within the collection. Once you scan them, you’ll be linked to relevant subject guides providing you with access to more resources and information.
  • The reserve books. If two hours is not enough, you can scan the code located on the book to see if there is a book available to borrow for a longer period. You can even place a hold.
  • The newspaper area. Scan the code and you’ll be able to read an earlier newspaper editions on your mobile device
  • Video tutorials – You’ll see codes next to the kiosks, the binding machines and colour printer/photocopier. Scan the code to view an instructional video delivered straight to your mobile device!

So how do you use them? Great question!

QR Code scanners (or readers) are available as apps downloadable for most devices including Apple iOS (iPads, iPhones, iPod touch) and Androids. They are also available for Windows 8 devices, BlackBerry and Nokia phones. The scanners are free and once downloaded and installed, they’re ready to go. All you need to do is open the QR reader app, ‘scan’ the code which links you to the QR service you’re after.

It’s as easy as that! You can see the friendly staff at the Gold Coast Library and IT Help desk if you have further questions or need a hand.

Have you used QR codes? What do you think of them? If you are on a different campus to the Gold Coast, would you like to see QR codes used in your campus library?