HelpThing was written by members like you, with some help from LibraryThing staff.
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The first rule of HelpThing is "be bold!" If you can add or edit it, go ahead. We also have a HelpThing Style Guide.
The LibraryThing Settings page is where you can choose what information appears on your profile page, as well as set various other options for your account. To add various kinds of information or change your settings, use the navigation links on the left.
- Member name. Shows your member name, or username. (To change your member name, go to the Change and Delete section.)
- Account type. Shows whether you are a free member, paid yearly, or a lifetime member. If you are a free or yearly member, you'll see a link where you can upgrade your account.
- About me/my library. Text fields for free-form information about yourself and your library. Some basic HTML is allowed, including <b>, <i>, <a>, and <img> tags. Clicking on the "more space" link enlarges the text box.
- Website. If you'd like to link to your website or blog from your profile, enter the address in this box (complete with http://).
- Real name. Optional. If it's blank, we'll probably just call you Mr. Potatohead. Or by your username. Whatever works.
- Location. Optional. Since LT is international, many people like to know where other people are coming from, but you're welcome to leave it blank, or to be as specific, vague, or fantastical as you like. This information is searchable by other members, both on the member search and through LibraryThing Local. Note: you can also set a separate and private location on LibraryThing Local; for instance, you might list a generic location on your public profile (city, state) but enter a more specific one on Local so that you can find your nearest bookstores or libraries (zipcode or street address).
- Also on. Links to your profile on other websites. For a list of supported websites, or to request one that isn't already on the list, see the Also On FAQ.
The Account Settings section lets you set various options for your LibraryThing account, including public or private status, contact settings, language, and more. You can also add or change the email address associated with your account.
- Email/Email settings. The e-mail account that you want LibraryThing to use for lost passwords, comment notifications, the monthly State of the Thing (SOTT) newsletter, etc. This field is optional but recommended, should you ever forget your account password. You can also enter your e-mail address while still opting out of receiving e-mails from LibraryThing and/or showing your address on your profile page.
- Type. Lets you set whether yours is a personal or an organizational account.
- Primary language. LibraryThing has been translated (by users!) into a variety of different languages - you can choose which language domain you want to be your default.
- Timezone. Lets you set your timezone. This is helpful for Talk posts, so you know when posts are made relative to your own clock.
- Date format. Set your date however you want.
- Comments. Allow or disallow other members to leave comments on your profile.
- Friends. Allow or disallow friend requests. The "friends" relationship is reciprocal and so must be requested; even if you disallow friends requests, other users can still add you to their list of "Interesting Libraries". See the member connections FAQ for more information.
- Your Book Reviews. LibraryThing may occasionally sell its aggregated information about books (tags, recommendations, etc.) to other institutions. You can choose whether you want any reviews that you've written to be included with that information.
The LibraryThing Local Settings section lets you set your private and public locations, and lets you select how you want Local (Events or Venues) to be tailored for your own use.
- Location. Set your private and public location settings here. Both are optional, but we recommend at least filling in your private location. Your private location is used for LibraryThing Local, which shows you local bookstores and libraries, local bookish events in your area, etc. You can get as specific as you want here. Your public location settings show up on your profile page.
- Local Settings. Select how far you want LibraryThing to search from your private location for local bookstores, libraries, fairs/festivals, and other bookish places/venues.
- Event Filters. Filter out event notifications by entering certain titles or description texts.
- Favorites and Visited. Set whether you want your favorite and/or visited venues public, and if you want your favorite venues to be automatically marked as visited.
LibraryThing recently added the Media field for Your Books. (See original Talk posts here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/192820 and https://www.librarything.com/topic/193036). Use Media settings to enable or disable Media, and set how you want to use Media within your library.
- Media feature for your catalog. You can fully enable or disable the field for your books, or just have Media visible only to you. You can also choose to share the data with visitors to your profile or catalog.
- Use levels. How deep do you want to use your Media settings for your books? Opt for up to three levels in the Media Taxonomy.
- Show on profile. How many Media levels do you want to show on your profile page?
- When book data has no media information. Opt to have LibraryThing use the media information based on your item's ISBN and/or its work-level data, or keep it blank ("Not set").
- Barcode system. Choose to use sequential numbers (1, 2, 3 or 1,000, 1,001, 1,002, etc) for your barcodes or manually enter custom barcodes. Custom barcodes can be anything with letters, numbers, even special characters - any system you're using.
- Next barcode. IF you've selected for sequential barcodes, how do you want the "next barcode" assigned? You'll be given the "next available barcode" button in a couple of places on the site.
- Automatically add barcodes to new items. Automatically add barcodes to your books as you add them, or disable the feature to add new barcodes in batches.
- Disable automatic barcodes for items in... Set automatic barcodes for the books you physically own--not the books in your Wishlist, for example. Check the Collections you want to disable automatic barcodes for.
Clear all of your barcodes to start over (not recommended if you've already applied a bunch of printed labels to your books), or you can add barcodes to items you haven't barcoded yet (great if you've disabled automatic barcodes).
Shows you the number of books in your entire library with barcodes, without barcodes, and the number of inactive barcodes.
This section will be blank if you don't have any inactive barcodes. If you delete a book that has a barcode on it, this section will become visible and the barcode you deleted will be listed in this section. You'll have the option to "free up" the barcode, if you want to recycle the barcode. Or, you can keep the barcode in the "Inactive Barcodes" list for replacing the book it was attached to later (if the book was destroyed, for example).
- Catalog Display. Select how many books you want to display per page within "Your Books".
- Add Books. Enable or disable tag autocompletion. Tag autocompletion will predict your most-used tags after typing in three characters. For example, tagging one of my books with "nat", I'll get options to finish my tag as "natural history", "naturalists", "national book award winner", etc.
- Your Covers. Select your options to show Amazon covers and/or member-contributed covers for your books.
- Lending. Select what you want to show visitors to your library for Lending information.
- Classification. Do you use a call number system for your books? Select it here! You can even choose your own custom call number system for your library.
- I don't want this feature! You can hide physical descriptions of books on the entire site, Tag Mirrors, and member's "Most recent activity" boxes on their profile pages. Uncheck these at any time to see them again.
Sites and Apps
In this section, you can set up how LibraryThing interacts with other sites and apps.
- Twitter: You can link your Twitter account, which allows you to use Twitter to add books your LibraryThing catalog, and also gives you the option to share your reviews on Twitter. To integrate with Twitter, give us your Twitter username. LibraryThing (LThing) will add you as a friend and allow you to add books via Direct Message.
See also HelpThing:Twitter Integration.
- Facebook: You can also link to your Facebook account. This link takes you to a Facebook page, where you can sign up for the LibraryThing reviews app. This app will allow you the option of sharing your reviews on Facebook.
See also HelpThing:Facebook Integration.
- Swap Sites: LibraryThing integrates with certain book swapping sites, so you can see whether books on LibraryThing are wanted or available on those swap sites. Here you can set which book-swapping sites you want LibraryThing to include for you. You can set your catalog's display styles to include a "swap sites" column, and you will also see a "swap sites" section on the "get this book" sub-page of any work.
If you have your LibraryThing account integrated with Twitter and/or Facebook, this section will allow you connect to your Facebook friends and Twitter contacts (people you follow) who also use LibraryThing, or to invite those who aren't already members to join LibraryThing. See also the blog post.
Note: If you have not connected your account with Twitter or Facebook, you will see a link here to do so.
- Friends on LibraryThing: This section will show you which of your Twitter contacts or Facebook friends have linked their Twitter or Facebook account to their LibraryThing account. (Note that this section will not show LibraryThing members who are on those sites but who have not linked their accounts.) You can then add them to your LibraryThing friends, interesting libraries, contacts, or other categories.
- Invite to LibraryThing: This section will let you search your contacts on Twitter or Facebook, or see a list of all of them. To invite them, click the "Invite to LibraryThing" button next to their name. Note that no invitations will be sent without your explicit consent, and that you have to send invitations one at a time, so it's not possible to spam everyone you know. You can change the wording of the invitation before you send it. Twitter messages are posted @ your friend. Facebook messages are posted to your friend’s wall.
Change or Delete
In the Change or Delete section, you can change your user name or password, or delete your account.
- Change password: To change your password, fill out the form, including your old password and your new password.
- Request user name change: To request a new user name, fill out the form, including your password and the user name you'd like to request. It may take a few days to process a new user name request; you will receive an email and/or profile comment confirmation.
- Delete your account: You can delete your account permanently. To do so, enter your password and click the "delete account" button. Please be very careful; make sure you are absolutely certain that you wish to have your account removed. This will remove any books you have cataloged along with any profile preferences you have saved. Deleted accounts cannot be restored. THIS WILL REMOVE YOUR ACCOUNT PERMANENTLY FROM LIBRARYTHING.
This link takes you to your personal image gallery, where you can add a picture to your profile, and also upload, store, and share up to 250 pictures. See the Help page for the Member Gallery.
Frequently Asked Questions
To add favorite authors to your profile page, you have to go to the author's page, and mark the author as a favorite. (See also the Help page for author pages.) To find an author's page, click the author's name anywhere you see it linked, or search for the author using the search box at the top of every page. On the author page, look for the Members section, where you'll find a button with a star that says "add to your favorites." Click the button and the author will be added as a favorite, and listed on your profile under Favorite Authors. If you change your mind, simply click the button again to remove it from your favorites.
How do I add my favorite libraries and bookstores?
To add a favorite bookstore or library, go to a LibraryThing Local venue page. You can reach this page by clicking a link to that venue on someone else's profile, or by clicking the Local tab on any page, then searching for the place by name or location using the search box at the right of the LibraryThing Local Home Page. Once you reach the page for the library or bookstore, look for the Favorites section and a button with a star labeled "add to favorites." Click the button and the library or bookstore will be listed on your profile. If you change your mind, simply go back to the venue page and click the "favorited" button again to remove the venue from your list.
How do I add my favorite publishers?
Publishers who link to LibraryThing through the LibraryThing for Publishers program can be marked as favorite publishers. To see the list of participating publishers, go to the LibraryThing for Publishers page. To mark a publisher as a favorite, click on the publisher's name to go to their page, then click the "add to favorites" button in the right column.
How do I add what I'm currently reading?
To let others know what you're currently reading, you need to enter the book into the Currently Reading Collection. For brief instructions, see here, and for more on the powerful Collections feature, see Collections. This feature only enters the title for each book. If you see that someone else has a cover listed, then that person has used HTML to add a picture and link in the "About me" or "About my library" section; it's not an automatic LibraryThing feature.