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Once a library's collection integrations have been created and the ingest process has begun or completed, you can request that a library be included in NYPL's beta test program. NYPL assigns libraries a beta version of the SimplyE mobile app for testing on iOS and Android platforms. Once the beta apps are built with the library's catalog feed, you can provide links to library staff for testing.

Likewise, when a library is ready for production use by library users, you can request NYPL to add the library to the production SimplyE app. You will be notified when the next version of the mainline apps are built and accessible by end users in the Apple Store and the Google's Play Store.

To request inclusion for a library in the next beta build, follow these steps.

Step-by-step guide


  1. The URL of the library's OPDS catalog feed–the Circulation Manager's URL with the library's shortname; e.g.,
  2. The barcode/user_id and PIN/password for the library's "good" test user
  3. Potentially, library customization information:
    1. library's logo
    2. color choice


create an integration with the Library Simplified library registry (c.f.) to indicate that your library should be visible through the SimplyE mobile apps.

When you register your library, you'll get the opportunity to choose the "Testing" stage or the "Production" stage for your library. Libraries in the "Production" stage are ready for the general public to use – they will show up  for all SimplyE users. Libraries in the "Testing" stage are ready for librarians to try out, but not for the general public. These libraries will only show up for users who have taken special steps to make those libraries visible.

Once a library is registered, it will show up automatically in the iOS release of SimplyE. There is no need to reinstall SimplyE or wait  for a new release.

Libraries are added to the Android release of SimplyE whenever there is a release – at least once a month. As part of the release process, @leonardr uses the #general channel in the Library Simplified Slack to announce new libraries added to the registry since the last release. To be sure that your library is included in the next Android release, you can send a direct message to @leonardr with details.

On Android, libraries in the "Testing" stage can only be accessed through special test releases of SimplyE. @leonardr can also help you get access to these releases.

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