Try the library's new text messaging service. Get texts when items are due, holds are ready to pick up and more. Sign up today!
Keep up-to-date with your library account on your mobile phone using the library’s Shoutbomb text messaging service.
- Receive text notices about items available to pick up, items due soon, overdue items and fines.
- Send a text to request a renewal and receive a text back with the result of your request.
PLEASE NOTE: The library does not charge a fee for this service, but your cell phone plan’s regular text-messaging rates apply.
What you need
- A text messaging-capable mobile phone
- Subscription to text messaging (confirm with your cell phone service plan)
- The 13 or 14 digit barcode number from your library card
- The PIN for your library account (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number)
You can sign up by using your phone.
- Text the word signup to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org
- Then reply to the messages from Shoutbomb with your library card number and PIN
Once your Shoutbomb registration has been completed, you will automatically get text notices about items available to pick up, items that are due soon, overdue items and fines. A text will be sent only when activity on your account triggers a message.
Will I be charged for this service?
The library doesn’t charge a fee for this service, but your cell phone plan’s regular text messaging rates still apply. Check with your cell phone service provider to see the cost of text messages in your service plan.
How do I sign up for the Shoutbomb service?
Send a text message with only the keyword signup to email@example.com, or fill out a form (coming soon).
You will receive a reply asking you for your library card number. If you receive a reply telling you that we could not understand your message, this typically means that the text was typed incorrectly. For example, signup is correct while sign up is not.
Reply with only the information requested. If library card number is mistyped or a zero was accidentally omitted, an error message will be received asking for the number once again. Go back to your original message and make sure the library card number entered is accurate, make any necessary corrections and resend. If you resend the same number you will not receive a reply. (See “What do I do if I don’t get a reply?” for more info.)
If the library card number is valid, you will receive a message asking for your PIN.
If the PIN is valid, you will receive a message thanking you for registering.
If registration is complete, you will receive a message asking for your e-Mail address. Sending your e-Mail address is optional.
This completes the signup process.
How do I use the Shoutbomb service in Spanish?
In order to use a language other than English, you must select the appropriate keyword that corresponds to the English equivalent. Below are the Spanish translations for each of the English keywords. *Note: in some cases the keywords are always in English
How do I send a text message to an e-Mail address?
Nearly every text-capable phone has the ability to send messages to an e-Mail address. Generally, you create a new contact, and instead of adding a phone number, add the firstname.lastname@example.org e-Mail address. Give the contact a name, such as “Library texts,” that will be easy to remember. Send a text to the newly created contact.
Here are more details about signing up with your device...
Most Phone Types:
- Go to Messaging and create a new Text Message.
- Open up the Send To box to designate the recipient.
- Some phones have a separate field for e-Mail and Phone Number. If this is the case, enter email@example.com in the e-Mail field.
- If not, look for a box that says 123 on the menu screen. (This means that you’re entering a number to designate who you’re texting.) Press the relevant button (typically the Shift key or one of the Option buttons) to switch this to ABC.
- Enter firstname.lastname@example.org as the designated address. Send the message signup to this location.
- Add this contact info to your Address Book.
- Open up Messaging and select Compose New Message.
- Set email@example.com as the recipient.
- Send signup as the message text.
- Save firstname.lastname@example.org as a contact.
- No special instructions
- Click on Messages.
- Press the BlackBerry button and select Compose SMS Text.
- Select [Use Once]. When it asks “Which Type of Address?” choose e-Mail.
- Enter email@example.com as the e-Mail address. Send the message signup.
- Add firstname.lastname@example.org to your Address Book.
What do I do if I don’t get a reply from the Shoutbomb service?
The Shoutbomb service processes all request within 60 seconds of receiving your message, but some cell phone providers do not deliver this first message promptly.
- Wait and see if the reply arrives.
- If after 4 hours you still have not received a reply, send the keyword resend to email@example.com.
- You can only use the RESEND command three times per day. This limitation is in place to protect from spam messages. If you do not receive a reply after three days, then send an e-Mail detailing your issue to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When will I receive texts?
Texts will be sent only when activity on your account triggers a message and will usually arrive around 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
What kinds of messages are available with the Shoutbomb service?
By default, the following notices are turned on; however, texting the related keyword to email@example.com will turn that type of notice off. Texting the keyword again, will turn that type of notice back on.
- REMINDER - this is a notice that things will soon be due.
- OVERDUE - this is a notice that things are already overdue.
- FEES - this is a notice that there are fines or fees owed.
- PICKUP - this is a notice that you have holds ready to be picked up.
- RENEW - this is a notice that things will soon be due, and you can renew them.
What other keywords can I use with Shoutbomb?
Send all keywords to firstname.lastname@example.org
- QUIT: To stop receiving text messages.
- ADDCARD: To add additional library cards to your text message account.
- DROPCARD: To remove a card.
- RESEND: To have Shoutbomb resend your last received message.
- HELP: To view a list of available commands.
- TEST: To test if your phone will work with Shoutbomb.
- HL: Get a list of holds that are ready for pick up
- RA: Renew all eligible items
- RI: Get a list of items that are coming due and that cannot be renewed
- RL: Get a list of items you can renew
- OA: Renew all overdue materials
- OI: Get a list of items that are overdue and cannot be renewed
- OL: Get a list of overdue items you can renew
What if I switch phones but keep the same number?
If you switch to a new cell phone and the phone number remains the same it won't always transfer the service to the new phone. Text the keyword SWITCHPHONE to email@example.com and follow any prompts.
How do I report an issue?
If you are experiencing any issues with the service or you would like to make a suggestion for improvement, please text/e-Mail your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Because Shoutbomb is a separate service not affiliated with your library or Winnefox Library System, we are unable to tell whether or not a text notice was sent or received. Remember, you will still receive whatever e-Mail, phone, paper notices you would normally get from the library. Winnefox Library System is using Shoutbomb to provide you an additional notification option to help you manage your library account easier: on your phone, wherever you may be.
How do I quit using the Shoutbomb service?
To end all text notifications and cancel your registration, text the message quit to email@example.com, then reply to the instructions from Shoutbomb.