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QR Codes: QR Programs & Software

Learn what they are, how they work, how you can create your own, and where to find them in the library!
URL: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/qrcodes

QR in the Stacks

Are you ready to make/read QR Codes?

You can embed all types of information into QR codes.  Specifically, URLs, email addresses, phone numbers, SMS services, and general text are great uses for QR codes.

Things to Remember When Creating QR Codes:

  • Make the QR code big enough. 
  • Leave enough white space around the code. 
  • When connecting to URLs, make sure the URL is as short as possible.
  • Link to mobile-optimized sites whenever possible
  • For codes that retrieve text, make sure result is readable on small, handheld device displays

QR Code Generators

QR Readers

Most modern smartphones will read QR Codes without a special app.  Just point the phone's camera at the code, and the software will ask if you want to open the link in a browser.  If you prefer to use a separate app, here are some recommendations: