Looking for ways to use QR (quick response) codes in your library? Here are a few examples:

· Add a code to a bulletin board or a display---the code can then take the patron to additional information (webpage) that lists specific content that correlates to the display or bulletin board's subject matter.

· Add a code to the inside cover (front or back) of a book to allow the user to access a book trailer, an author's website, or a list of additional books from your library's website;

· Add a code to the library’s realia or kits to allow patrons the ability to access instructional content, tutorials, additional resources, or even instruction manuals that may be available from your library's website.

· Include a QR code to your promotional fliers or announcements to allow users the ability to browse some of the additional information that might be available or to see what is available .

· Include a QR code on directional maps (either printed or those on the wall) to allow users to quickly locate where they are in relation to their destination; for example, a QR code in our university library might be made available on each floor to help new users orientate themselves to what is available on that floor, how to locate specific things (such as a restroom), or how to find a librarian.

· School t-shirts with a QR code on the back of the shirt reads---"Yes, there's an app for this". The QR coded t-shirt goes straight to my library website or blog.

· Students showcasing their technology projects that are also hosted on a website will be wearing t-shirts with QR codes that can be scanned. Visitors to the technology project displays can then see their website information about the project, including videos, links, etc.

· Include QR codes within a school yearbook that link to video files housed on the school’s server--- now the school’s yearbook becomes interactive without additional costs involved.

· Put QR codes on your business card linking to the library website.

· Add a QR code to the book jacket flap that leads to more online--for book trailers, activities, maybe even a printable sheet of codes to use in an activity.

· During a conference, have QR codes for every session that leads to a wiki page with the presenter's contact info, handouts, slide decks, and a backchannel chat.

· Two school librarians that I know (in Texas) are creating book trailers for young adult novels---they then include a QR code to the book for students to use for more information. Here’s Teresa’s explanation of what she’s doing: If you go to http://booktrailersforall.com and click on “QR Codes” there are photos of the QR labels, at the bottom of the page. (All of my labels, and blank templates are also available on the QR Codes page)

School yearbook staffs are now using QR codes to enhance coverage and content from within the pages of the printed book. An article from an adviser who tried this for the first time can be found here:

Gary Price (an Information Industry Analyst and librarian) shares a wealth of ideas for using QR codes and additional ideas taken from the Japanese-style of marketing products using QR codes.

Here are some information sites:
  • What is a QR Code and Why Do You Need One?
  • HOT QR Codes in the Classroom and Library (Gwyneth Jones)
  • QR Codes 101:
  • Microsoft Tag:
http://gettag.mobi (for your cell phone)
  • How to Make a Quick Response Code:
  • QR Code Generator:

  • Tammy Worcester has a great tutorial about QR Codes at


  • To find a reader for your phone, check out:

  • Resources that provide more information about QR codes can be found here: