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"Not integrated with LibraryThing's Local Book Search"

Local Book Search is accomplished in a number of ways, depending on what kind of institution you are:


  • Anyone who lists inventory with AbeBooks is potentially integrated. If you aren't already, let us know and we'll connect you.
  • A number of major chains and large stores—B&N, Waterstones, Indigo/Chapters, Shakespeare & Co., Powells—have special arrangements with us. The arrangements are, of course, entirely unpaid on both sides.
  • We do not have any arrangement with IndieBound, despite trying for years. It is not our fault that Indies aren't represented. it is theirs. However, a few indies send us their IndieBound feeds. If you are interested, let us know.
  • If you are another store, let us know what you have in terms of export formats.


Basically, you need to give us your MARC records. As this is a major undertaking, we are currently only extending the offer to libraries that participate in LibraryThing for Libraries. If you participate, this page has a setting for whether you want your holdings shown or not.

If you are a non-LibraryThing for Libraries library interested in sharing your holdings, send us an email. At worst, we'll keep it around until we have such a feature.

Other institutions

LibraryThing Local is for local stores. Internet retailers and so forth are valued by us, but this is not the feature for them.

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