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Mobile Resources: QR Codes

Selected apps and websites for iPad, iPhone, Android, and other mobile devices.

What is this code?

A QR (Quick Response) code contains data. Almost any kind of data can be encoded in a QR code: a URL, a phone number, an address, and more. Smartphones and mobile devices equipped with cameras can read QR codes and interpret the data.

To read a QR code, you will need to download a QR Code Reader. You can browse the Marketplace or App Store to find a variety of free and paid QR code reader apps for iPhone, iPad2, and Android devices.

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How is Norris using QR codes?

The Norris Library is using QR codes to connect patrons to subject guides, electronic books and other electronic information resources (like interactive anatomy guides, heart sound programs, and other multimedia).

We are also using QR codes to make it easier to contact us with questions or concerns.

Now that you know about QR codes, you'll start to see them everywhere!

QR code readers and creators

There are a variety of free and paid QR Code reader apps and QR Code generator apps. The Library does not endorse any specific reader, but here are some staff favorites:

Android

  • Barcode Scanner is a free app that decodes QR codes, bar codes, and data matrix codes.
  • Google Goggles is a free app that can read QR codes and bar codes, as well as additional tasks.
  • QR Droid can decode QR codes from your camera or from websites. Also includes a QR code generator which permits you to encode a business card, URL, phone number, calendar event, SMS, or a geolocation.

iPad, iPhone

  • Bakodo is a free app for iPhone, iPad, and iPodTouch. This app can also read bar codes.
  • Google Goggles is a free app that can read QR codes and bar codes, as well as additional tasks.
  • Jade Scan is a free app that can read QR code and other bar codes.
  • QR Reader is a free app for reading QR codes, and permits you to create QR codes from phone numbers, URLs, text messages, geolocations, email addresses, and business cards.

In addition to using the QR code generators included in the apps above, you can also create QR codes online using free or low-cost software.The Library does not endorse any specific generator, but some staff favorites include: