QR Codes

What it offers:

With the influx of smartphones with barcode readers included, QR codes have become a handy tool for libraries to guide their patrons to the right resources.

"WHAT IS A QR CODE?" A QR code is a 2-dimensional code which, when scanned by a barcode reader, brings the user to a document, webpage, email, text or phone number. One of the beauties of a QR code is that users don't have to enter in long url's to access a webpage or contact info, they just scan the barcode.

Authentic Applications:

QR codes on library brochures and handouts can quickly guide patrons to specific sources (think about your database password handout!)
  • QR Codes on library shelf signs leads patrons to pathfinders. As students a browsing the stacks and looking at a particular Dewey classification, QR codes can lead them to a Pathfinder with web sources on that particular subject.
  • Create a QR code for your online library catalog, or a certain Pathfinder, and email the image file to your staff. Encourage them to include the codes on their assignment sheets as an added resource for students.
  • Add QR codes to new book displays which lead students to a respective book trailer on YouTube
  • Add QR codes to your magazine and newspaper displays and link students to the online version to each

One example of using QR codes in the library...include a QR code with your book display!

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Scan the barcode to see a book trailer for

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

How can I create a QR Code?
There are many websites which have wizards for creating QR Codes. Here are just a few:

Further Resources on QR Codes

QR Code Treasure Hunt Generator
QR Codes at a Glance from the Daring Librarian
QR Code Library Scavenger Hunt from the Daring Librarian
Mobile Barcodes
Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki
Boise State University's info on QR Codes
Joyce Valenza's Blog post on QR Codes

This page is moderated by Mary Schwander