January 22, 2022

The New York Public Library Releases First in a Series of Free iPad Apps

From the NY Times:

“Biblion: The Boundless Library” is the name for a series of apps available on Apple’s tablet computer that highlight different elements in the library’s collection. It was developed by the library and the design firm Potion.


The first edition showcases the library’s 1939-1940 New York World’s fair holdings, which are among the most consulted by researchers. Users will be able to turn over, zoom in and roam through hundreds of items.

Here’s more about today’s release from the iTunes App Store:

Biblion: World’s Fair allows you to:

  • read original essays from such prominent writers as Karen Abbott, William Grimes, Henry Jenkins, Elliott Kalan, James Mauro, and others
  • view General Motors’ famous Futurama ride, in full color, from the original carousel!
  • explore the development of the Fair’s designs, uniforms, buildings, and exhibits, including Salvador Dalí’s then-shocking Dream of Venus extravaganza
  • relish the outrageous restaurant ideas that never made the cut
  • learn about the fate of the Czechoslovakia Pavilion after the country was invaded by Hitler
  • discover what was buried inside the Westinghouse Time Capsule … not to be opened until the year 6939!
  • fly from story to story, charting your own journey through the stacks…

Direct to Biblion iPad App in the App Store.
Biblion is a free app.

Additional info about Biblion: The Boundless Library Info Page

Later this week NYPL will release a second app named “Find that Future” from the game designer Jane McGonigal, author of “Reality is Broken.” Here’s an interview with McGonigal.

Coming this Summer:

Look for another app coming soon called “NYPL” to access and manage your account and catalog information.

See Also: Web Accessible Material From the 1939 World’s Fair (via Treasures of the NYPL)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.