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Library Account Text Notices

Cell phone with text messages on itSign up for text notices about the status of your library account!

  • Receive text notices about: holds that are available, items that are due soon, overdue items, and fines that are added to your account.
  • Send a text to renew an item. If the item is eligible for renewal, your text message will renew it. If the item is not eligible for renewal, your text will not renew it. Either result will be reported by text message.
  • Texts will be sent only when activity on your account triggers a message and will usually arrive around 9am.

Sign Up to Receive Text Message Notifications

Keep up-to-date with your library account activity on your mobile phone via text message. This service is provided by Shoutbomb. Please note that while the Library does not charge a fee to use the Shoutbomb service, your mobile phone service plan standard text messaging rates apply. 

With the Shoutbomb text messaging service, you can use your mobile phone to:

  - Receive text notices about: holds that are available, items that are due soon, overdue items, and fines that are added to your account.
  - Send a text to renew an item. If the item is eligible for renewal, your text message will renew it. If the item is not eligible for renewal, your text will not renew it. Either result will be reported by text message.
  - Texts will be sent only when activity on your account triggers a message and will usually arrive around 9am.

If you have questions about Shoutbomb, or if you have trouble signing up, please contact the library at 309-385-4540.

What You Need

  - A mobile phone and wireless service that can send text messages to an email address.
  - The barcode number from your Library card (ten digits, no spaces: Dxxxxxxxxx).
  - The PIN for your library account (it is not CAPS sensitive). If you don't know your Pin, please contact the library at 309-385-4540.

Sign up with a text message

You can complete the entire sign up process with text messages.

To sign up, use your mobile phone to send a text message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following as the body of the text message:
SIGNUP+YourCard#+YourPin/Password without spaces (ensure you include the + signs).

For example, if your Library Card # is "D123456789" and your pin/password is "DaBears" you would text this string: SIGNUP+D123456789+DaBears

Questions?

If you have questions or problems with the service, you can ask the Shoutbomb support team atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">.

Getting Started with Shoutbomb

Below are commands to help you get started using the Shoutbomb service.

Basic Keyword Commands

You can text these commands to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; follow any instructions that are texted back to you:
  - ADDCARD  Register an additional Library card for text messages on your phone. 
  - - To save a few text messages you can text ADDCARD+NewCard#+NewCardPin  No spaces and include the + signs. 
  - DROPCARD  Cancel text notices for a card added with ADDCARD. 
  - - To save a few text messages you can text DROPCARD+Card#+CardPin  No spaces and include the + signs. 
  - ZIPCODE #####  (Substitute your 5-digit zip code for #####.) Add your zip code to match your phone with your home library. For future features.
  - IOWEU  Returns information about your current fee amount. If you have multiple cards registered, you will receive information about each card.
  - TEST  Test your connection to Shoutbomb.
  - HELP  Get information about all Shoutbomb commands.
  - RESEND  Get the last message from Shoutbomb again.
  - SWITCHPHONE  Allows you to update your account with a new phone number or carrier.
  - QUIT  Delete your mobile device from the Shoutbomb notice service. To save a few text messages you can text QUIT+Card#+CardPin  No spaces and include the + signs. 

Replying to Notices

Your account notices will prompt you to respond with optional commands, including:
  - HL  Get a list of holds that are ready for pickup. (Holds notice.)
  - RL  Get a list of items you can renew. (Courtesy notice.)
  - RA  Renew all eligible items. (Courtesy notice.)
  - OL  Get a list of overdue items. (Overdue notice.)

Message Settings

To view and change your Shoutbomb message settings, text these commands:
  - NOTICES  See your current on/off status for each type of notice. Do this first!
  - HOLDS  Toggles your holds notices off/on.
  - RENEW  Toggles your courtesy notices (about items that are due soon) off/on. 
  - OVERDUE  Toggles your overdue notices off/on.
  - FEES  Toggles your notices about fines and fees off/on.

Things to note:

  1. The phone number you sign up with will not be visible to library staff.
  2. This is an automated system. If you reply with a message other than the basic commands listed above you will receive an error message. Call us at 309-385-4540 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need to contact us.
  3. The Shoutbomb library account text notice system is completely seperate from the library program alert system.
  4. While the library does not charge for this service, your carrier's message and date rates may apply.

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