Pokémon GO comes to EHSL!

There’s an epidemic sweeping America that is encouraging people everywhere to “catch ‘em all”. Pokémon GO is an app that uses augmented reality (AR) technology and geotagged physical locations to find Pokémon in our everyday surroundings.

The app, available free for Android and iOS, launched in July and has since become one of the most installed apps of all time.

The Hope Fox Eccles Health Library (HFEHL) is a designated Pokéstop, the geotagged physical locations around the world. Users of the game can go to the Library and receive items in their game. Pokéstops regularly refresh, so users can stay at these designated spots for an indefinite period of time. There are three Pokéstops within reach of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL).

screenshot pokemongoAdditionally, players, known as trainers, can battle in designated gyms. Right outside the HFEHL lies a gym in which players can challenge one another. Due to these features, the area is ripe for trainers to come and catch Pokémon.

If you happen to walk past a patron sitting nearby, head tucked into their phone, chances are they may be on the hunt! For those that are plugged in, feel free to stop by the HFEHL. There are cards with the recognizable Pokéball and a QR code to the Library’s website.

by: Darell Schmick, Research Librarian