Instantly see if a book on Amazon is available in your public library

16 Apr

I understand the lure of books. But the next time you’re about to click “Add to Cart” on or, imagine that you could see right there, without leaving the web site, whether the book was available in your public library.

screenshot of Library Extension as displayed on for Henrico County Public Library, showing "the carrying" - 2 of 2 copies availableThere’s a FREE extension for Chrome and Firefox that does just that!  It’s called Library Extension. After you add it and select your public libraries, the book’s availability automatically appears beside the book. It currently works on Amazon, Barnes & Noble’s web site, Goodreads, and a few other sites.

While we’re talking about public libraries, remember that Richmond, Chesterfield, and Henrico libraries practice reciprocity, so if you’re a resident and active library user in one of those localities, you can borrow books from libraries in the other two.  And yes, Library Extension can search all three systems at once! If your public library subscribes to Overdrive or Hoopla for digital books, those results appear as well.

Once you see that a book is available at your public library, click “Borrow” to go to your library’s web site where you can log in to your account and reserve the book – another way to save time in your busy day.  That way, it will be on their Holds shelf when you arrive.

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