Using QR Codes for Library Introduction

Mr. H, the grade 7 English teacher came to me last week and asked me if he could bring his class in for an introduction to the library.

Of course I said no.


“Yes! yes!” I said, a little too eagerly.

Now, I used to play a game called Library Survivor with the grade sevens to introduce them to the different parts of the library. It involved a lot of little pieces of paper that would inevitably get lost or ripped and frustrate the students. So I decided, since I had a whole class with iPads, I was going to revamp the little hunt in the library.

But first! A short introduction where I enlighten them on the following topics:

  • The library catalogue:
    • How to log in
    • How to search for a book
    • How to add it to their bookmarks or their home screen
  • How the library is organized
  • What kind of resources are available
  • Then a tour of the actual library

Then the fun part.

Screen Shot 2013-09-04 at 8.25.32 AMI got their teacher to email them all with the QR code scanner QRafter before they came to the library.

Then I chose five areas that I wanted them to know about and made up questions. Here is a sample question:





Harry Potter

Choose the Philosopher’s stone

Find it in the library!

WHAT IS THE CALL NUMBER? (The call number is the address of the book)

Clue: Fiction is in alphabetical order by author’s last name.

The clues took them to the fiction, reference, non-fiction, French sections as well as to the magazines and newspapers. For each section they had an easy question to answer (what is the first sentence of the article on warts in the Encyclopedia Britannica? What is the title of the book to the left and to the right of the book you are searching for? etc). Each group had variations on these questions but used different books. For many of them they had to use the library catalogue bookmarked on their ipads.

Once they found the answer they had to write it on their answer sheet:

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Then they had to scan the clue they found on the back of the book:


I divided them into three groups of four (it was a small class). One student used their ipad as the QR code scanner, the other used hers to search the library catalogue, one person wrote down the answers and the other helped search for the books.


Generating the QR Codes was easy- I used this free, online QR code generator that allowed me to create QR codes that were simply plain text:

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Simply copy your text into the box and then download the QR code. Repeat!

There you have it! A fun, simple game that didn’t take up too much time, was fun and informative.