Voice Assistants, Connecting You to Your Library
If you've ever asked Alexa, Google, or Siri a question, you've used a voice assistant. The King County Library System (KCLS) is exploring how voice assistants can connect you to library resources.
Get the App
From the app, generate a code to enable the myLIBRO skill on Alexa.
Updates and Tips
Get tips for using the library with a voice assistant. Find out about new features and other changes.
How to Use LIBRO
myLIBRO is a voice assistant. Once installed, you can:
- List checkouts.
- List holds.
- List pickups.
- Place a hold.
- Cancel a hold.
- Pause a hold.
- Resume a hold.
- List events.
- Find library open hours.
- Listen and read eBooks.
Alexa, iOS, and Android devices.
The King County Library System (KCLS) won a Lyrasis Grant to investigate the interest and viability of voice assistants for libraries. This includes patron surveys and focus groups. Of 1,400 survey respondents in 2019, over 80% felt that KCLS should offer a voice assistant.
Using Lyrasis Grant funds, we’ve hired Crux Consulting to run the patron and staff focus groups.
- January 29, 2020: 29 library users and 10 staff focus group members.
- March 2, 2020: all staff.
- Late March/early April 2020: all library users.
We received a 2019 LYRASIS Catalyst Fund grant to pilot the development of an AI voice assistant. The assistant allows you to access library services and manage your accounts.