QR codes now being trialed in the Gold Coast library

  • The Gold Coast Library are trialing the use of QR codes and have come up with some interesting ways for students and staff to try using them.


Quick Response Codes (QR Codes) are 2-dimensional barcodes that link you to all types of online information through your mobile device. 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 and ‘scan’ the code (like the one pictured above) that will link you to the QR service or information you’re after.

The Gold Coast library is trialing the use of QR codes in a variety of locations.






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 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.

The friendly staff at the Gold Coast Library and IT Help desk are on hand if you have further questions or need further assistance.

Have you used QR codes? What do you think of them? Reply to this post and let us know or contact Library and IT Help with your feedback: libraryandithelp@griffith.edu.au

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