Using LibraryThing as an Integrated Library System
What LibraryThing doesn't do
There's no circulation feature, meaning there's no integrated way to check out an item to a patron, get notification if the book is overdue, notify patrons, or keep track of circulation statistics.
How you can use LibraryThing for your circulating library anyway
- Record a patron name and lend/due date in the private comments field.
- Why private comments? Because it would be a breach of anonymity if the whole world could see that John Doe had checked out sensitive material.
- You could get around this by using patron IDs (numerical strings, or usernames), but you'd have to keep the list of ID=name on a spreadsheet elsewhere.
- Indicating availability
- For example ONLOAN (to show it is on loan) and DATE-DUE:2010-03-13 (to show when it is due back).
- Or move loaned books to an ONLOAN collection
Cataloging materials other than books
LibraryThing is built to catalog books. That being said, you can catalog other materials (DVDs, newspapers, etc.)
- On the Add Books page, there is a link for "manual entry"
- Although this is set up for book data, you can use it to add an item such as a DVD
- When entering the title, please include [DVD], so combiners know not to combine "Pride and Prejudice" with "Pride and Prejudice [DVD]".