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Text Notifications

About Text Notifications

  • Receive text notices about holds that are available, items that are due soon, overdues and fines
  • Send a text to renew an item. (Renewable items only)
  • Add family members’ cards to your Shoutbomb account with keyword ADDCARD

The library does not charge a fee for this service. Your mobile plan’s standard text messaging rates apply.

Signing Up

  1. Text the word “SIGNUP” to 833-403-1353
  2. Wait for a response with directions
  3. Text your 14-digit library card barcode number, found on the back of your card
  4. Wait for a response with directions
  5. Text your 4-digit library PIN number
  6. Wait for confirmation text.

If you would also like to receive text notices when the library closes due to weather or other emergencies, text "CPL-ALERTS" to 833-403-1353.

Once your Shoutbomb registration is complete, you will automatically get notices about items that are due soon, overdue items, and holds to pick up. A text will be sent only when activity on your account triggers a message. For more information, please visit http://oslri.org/home/text-alerts (opens in new tab).

General Commands

Text the following prompts to receive more information.

    Request the current fees linked to accounts.

  • HELP
    Get information about all Shoutbomb commands.

    Get the last message from Shoutbomb again.

  • SWITCHPHONE+##########
    To update your phone number or carrier.

    Cancel text notices for a card.

    Inquire about the status of all your borrowed library items.

Replying to Notices

Your account notices will prompt you to respond with commands, including:

  • HL Get a list of holds that are ready for pickup.

  • RL
    Get a list of items you can renew.

  • RA
    Renew all of your eligible items.

  • OL
    Get a list of overdue items.

Message Settings

To view and change your Shoutbomb message settings, text:

    See your current on/off settings.

    Toggles your holds notices on/off.

    Toggles your courtesy notices on/off.

    Toggles your overdue notices on/off.


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