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QR Codes, or Quick Response Codes, are a fast and efficient way to deliver information. To access a QR Code, a user must have a Mobile Device with a QR Reader installed on it.

Library Applications

Accessing Information:

  • Link to an Online Card Catalog (posting in the stacks)
  • Link to a Video Book Trailer (book cover)
  • Link to similar reads (display, book cover, shelves...)
  • Place on a print magazine for a link to the digital edition
  • Link to a listing of recommend subjects (display, shelves...)
  • Links for Online Databases (bookmarks, posters...)
  • Special collection guides (what they are used for)
  • Link to a Web Page (Poster, display...)
  • Direct link to a specific iTunes App
  • Link to a Twitter Handle


  • Contact information- can send directly to an email or a phone number
  • Link to more information about an upcoming program or event
  • Place on a WebQuest or Pathfinder to include links to use for research
  • Library Scavenger hunt for orientation
  • Place on worksheets for student use (quicker then having students type in a full URL)
  • Create Posters to hang in the Library for various courses (each one takes to a specific course page)


  • Place on a business card (can contain vCard, or a biography)
  • Online evaluation survey (Survey Monkey or School World Forms)
  • How to tutorial videos or screencastes
  • Place on a name badge that will link to a biography of the person
  • Use for contests (website for info, directions...)
  • Additional information on a topic
  • Link to an InterLibrary Loan form
  • Newspaper articles featuring the library (hang up the article with the QR by the entrance/exit)
  • Contact information (Phone number, email, text, vCard..)
  • Bottom of a document that someone may want a copy of (use Tag My Doc listed below)

Physical Area:

  • Link to Directions on how to use something (such as a microfiche reader or scanner)
  • Link to a Map of the Library (each one can have a You Are Here)
  • Link to a virtual tour of the library

Where to place them

  • Where people are waiting in line
  • It would be wrong of me to say a bathroom stall....
  • On a Book
  • End caps in the stacks
  • Handouts
  • Assignments
  • Brochures
  • Book Display
  • e-mail signature
  • On a bookmark
  • In a mural
  • On a logo
  • On a bulletin board or a display
  • On your Website- can scan from a computer!
  • t-shirts for an event
  • On a bus- people get bored and that may be a fun distraction
  • Outside an office door
  • Outside a study room- can quickly scan to see who has room signed out and when

Using/Creating QR Codes

QR Code Generators

QR Code Readers

  • Open your App Store / Google Play store and search for QR Code- go with whichever one you like (reviews are good to see)  
  • On my iPhone I have Scan Me:
    • It has a history of various sites you have scanned- good way to remember stuff you scanned

Related Files

    docx docx file: You need the Microsoft Word program, a free Microsoft Word viewer, or a program that can import Word files in order to view this file. To learn more about the free Microsoft Word Viewer, visit the Microsoft Office Viewer for Word 2007 File Format.

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