November 28, 2015

Cool Tools! Find Library Materials About Specific Locations With New Mobile Versions of mapFast From OCLC Research

From OCLC Research:

The new mapFAST Mobile lets you search from your smartphone or mobile browser for materials related to any location and find them in the nearest library.

Available on the mobile web [web app] and now as an Android app in the Google Play store, mapFAST is a Google Maps mashup that allows users to identify a point of interest and see surrounding locations or events using mapFAST’s Google Maps display with nearby FAST geographic headings (including location-based events), then jump, the world’s largest library catalog, to find specific items and the nearest holding library. provides a variety of “facets” allowing users to narrow a search by type of item, year of publication, language and more.

“Libraries hold and provide access to a wide variety of information resources related to geographic locations,” said Rick Bennett, OCLC Consulting Software Engineer and lead developer on the project. “When looking for information about a particular place, it’s often useful to investigate nearby locations as well. mapFAST’s Google Maps interface allows for easy selection of the location, with a link to enter a search directly into”

With mapFAST Mobile, smartphone and mobile browser users can do a search based on their current location, or an entered search. The user’s location or search provides a center for the map, and nearby FAST subject headings are added as location pins. A “Search WorldCat” link then connects users to a list of records for materials about that location in

Learn More About mapFast

Direct to Web Interface for mapFast

Direct to Mobile Web App

Direct to Google Play (Download Android App)

Example: Search for “Chicago”

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