A NEW app has been launched so visitors to East Lothian’s libraries can use their smartphones to borrow or reserve items.

The Spydus app, which is available from Google Play or from the app store, will also be available for pupils using school libraries across the county.

A spokesperson for East Lothian Council’s library service said: “Our library users can use Spydus to scan barcodes on books, CDs, DVDs or other items whilst out and about, search for available copies at one of the libraries and reserve them.

“So if a particular title catches your eye at the supermarket, you can simply use this app to check availability and then use the library ‘checkout’ to enjoy free!”

By logging into their library account via the app, customers can manage items out on loan as well as reserve items.

It can also be used to search the library catalogue to reserve books, as well as download eBooks and eAudio books.

Full instructions can be provided by visiting one of the county’s libraries.