A Nifty Tool

Ever since Husband and I decided to curtail spending, especially book purchases, I’ve been using WorldCat. WorldCat is the world’s largest network of library contents and services. Look at the treasures available:

You can search for popular books, music CDs and videos — all of the physical items you’re used to getting from libraries. You can also discover many new kinds of digital content, such as downloadable audiobooks. You may also find article citations with links to their full text; authoritative research materials, such as documents and photos of local or historic significance; and digital versions of rare items that aren’t available to the public. Because WorldCat libraries serve diverse communities in dozens of countries, resources are available in many languages.

I use this site to look up a book title I’m interested in and to see what libraries around my zip code have them. This spares me the effort of having to go to each library’s website and look the book up on their catalog (and it saves me time and gas by not having to go to the libraries directly). When I find the item I want on the list, I can find out if it’s sitting on the shelf or circulating.

I like WorldCat so much that I’m going to install a search box in my sidebar under the list of books I’m currently reading, so that if you learn of a title I mention here, you can easily look it up to see if you can get it from your local library. If your local library doesn’t have it, you can often get the book via Interlibrary Loan. (When I mention books here, I usually link to Amazon since it provides an attractive user interface.)


Search for an item in libraries near you:
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