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LibraryThing local connects LibraryThing members to the "real" world of bookstores and book events.

Each member of LibraryThing has a Local page based on their location. This page lists the venues near you and events at those venues. A summary of this information can also be displayed on your Home page.


Top navigation

  • LibraryThing Local Home. Takes you to your Local home page
  • Local Members. See members with the same location
  • Your Favorites. See venues you marked as favorites
  • Your Connections. See your Local connections
  • Helpers. See the members contributing to LibraryThing Local
  • Add venue. Add a new venue to LibraryThing Local
  • Add event. Add a new event to a venue

Your Location

This is the location used by LibraryThing Local to find venues. This location is private unless you choose to show it on your Profile. To change your location, click on the pencil icon. The location you specify must be a Google maps identifiable location, for example city, state, province, country, or postal code. Fictional locations, geographic areas, and locations unidentifiable by Google maps will default to Boston, Massachusets, USA. If you want to show your location on your profile, viewable by all LibraryThing members, check the 'Use in profile' box. Bernardsville, NJ


The venues listed are determined by your LibraryThing location and the search radius you are using. There are four types of venues: bookstores, fairs and festivals, libraries, and others. You can change the venues listed by clicking on the type of venues you want displayed.

Clicking on the name of a venue will take you to that venue's page, where you can find additional information about the venue or add events happening at the venue.

Make a venue a favorite or drop it from your favorites by clicking on the star next to the venue

Upcoming Local Events

List of the upcoming events at the venues in the venue list. Each event has a link to the venue's page and the author and work pages associated with the event.

Venue Search

Search for venues in your location by street address or by venue name. The map below will change to display the location of the venues found. You can also click on the icons on the map to get location information or directions.


The venue map is a contextually relevant map based on the content of the Local page that you are viewing. In short, it shows where the venues that are mentioned in the text of the page can be found.


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