Getting to know iOS 7

If you have a newer iPhone or iPad then it may be compatible with Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 7. This means a better interface and lots of new features – even a new version of Siri!

Our Digital Hub staff have some tips for making the transition as smooth as possible.

The iOS 7 update is being progressively rolled out to compatible devices over the next few months – and contrary to some rumours it does NOT make your device waterproof!

You can check for the iOS 7 update by going to your device’s Settings > General > Software Update.

With technology moving at such a fast pace, you may find that just as you get used to an operating system it all changes. So here at the Modbury Digital Hub we thought we would give you a few quick tips to help you with some of the new features.

The biggest change is what is best ipad5described as the ‘swipe in’ feature.  This is where you put your finger on the edge of the screen and swipe onto the centre of the screen in a single motion.

Doing this will bring up a menu that allows you to perform some actions quickly without having to dive into your iPhone settings. From here you can adjust airplane mode,WiFi, bluetooth and volume. You can also use this screen to quickly access your camera, clock or music.


Once you are done to make this screen disappear you can press your Home button, or swipe down from the arrow above the bluetooth icon.

ipad6If you want to close all the apps that you have running you can still do this in iOS 7 but it is a little different. You still ‘double-click’ the home button to bring up all the apps that are running – but to close each app you use your finger to ‘push’ the selected app up off the screen in one motion.

We hope that this has helped make the transition a bit easier. What are your thoughts on iOS 7 and do you have  any tips for the new operating system?

If you need some help using your iPad, check out our Digital Hub group sessions. You can book online or call us on 8397 7333.

New smartphone app for library catalogue access!

As a member of the One Card network we now have the BookMyne smartphone app available to our users, offering access to all the participating library services.
The app is available free for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the relevant app stores by searching for Bookmyne.

What you can do using BookMyne

  • find libraries, their locations and opening hours
  • search the library catalogues via keyword, author, title subject or barcode
  • place holds and cancel holds
  • access your account details
  • access best seller lists and reading recommendations from Goodreads
  • get assistance using the inbuilt user guide with full instructions on all features
  • use the camera in your mobile to scan barcodes on books in bookstores etc to check if the library stocks the item. (Only available with iOS devices with autofocus cameras ; iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, otherwise barcodes can be entered manually on all iOS devices.)

 Give this new app a try to access all these features and let us know what you think!

Library access anywhere, anytime on your mobile!

You can now access your library card, renew items, search the library catalogue, request items and check our opening hours, website and blog from your mobile device with the free Library Anywhere app.
All the enhanced features available on our catalogue such as integrated tags, recommendations, information about other editions and access to over 500,000 reviews to help find your next great read, can also be viewed on your phone.

Our homepage. Search, check your library card, place holds and more...

If you have an iPhone you can download the app directly from the  iTunes App Store by searching for “libanywhere”.
Alternately, if you are using an Android device, download the app from the Android app store The Market, by searching for “library anywhere”.
You can also get there by going to in any browser.

We’d love your feedback on this, so please let us know what you think.