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This is an archive of an old HelpThing page. It has been superseded by the information on HelpThing:Editprofile.



You can edit your profile to share a little more about yourself with other LibraryThing members. You can also change settings for certain LibraryThing features. There are six sub-pages you use to edit your Profile and settings: Profile, Account, Contacts, Display Styles, Sites/Apps, and Miscellaneous. You can navigate between these pages using the menu at the left of any sub-page.

The Help page you are now reading describes the Account subsection of Edit Profile.


To make changes to your account settings, first select your changes in the fields below, then hit the Save Changes button.

Public or private

Lets you choose whether you want your library to be public or private. Private libraries cannot be seen by anyone else, even people you list as friends. Thus, if your library is listed as private, you won't be able to share your reviews with others.


Do you want other users to be able to leave comments on your profile?


Do you want other users to be able to send you 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.

E-mail settings

Allows you to set whether or not you want your e-mail visible on your profile, and what kinds of e-mail communications you'd like to receive from LibraryThing. Note that if you don't check "Allow members to find and connect to me via my email address," then even other members who know your email will not be able to use the Find friends feature to learn your LibraryThing identity. Read past State of the Thing issues here; you may find you want to subscribe!

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.

Your Book Reviews

LibraryThing members provide valuable insight for other readers. LibraryThing sells its aggregated information about books (tags, recommendations, etc.) to other institutions, such as libraries. Here you can choose whether you want any reviews that you've written to be included with that information or to limit them to only display on the LibraryThing site itself.

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