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xISBN (Web service)

Got a book title from an online bookseller? Check whether your local library has it and other editions.
This is version 1 of xISBN bookmarklet, and we recommend you try the version 2 integrated with Worldcat Registry

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Learn more about xISBN Bookmarklets

Got a book title from an online bookseller? Check whether your local library has it.

Try LibraryLookup

Given an ISBN number, LibraryLookup searches xISBN service to get the ISBNs of other books in WorldCat related to the sought-after book. The LibraryLookup service then links to your OPAC system.

  1. Try it in Amazon
  2. Try it in Princeton Library

Try xISBN Bookmarklets

xISBN Bookmarklet makes it easier to use LibraryLookup service by putting a Bookmarklet in your browser's Links bar.
  1. Find if your library is already registered in LibraryLookup project, if not, you can request to add your OPAC system.
  2. Install the Bookmarklet on your computer.
    Drag a library's link to your IE browser's links toolbar. You might try, for example, drag New York Public (Branch Libraries) to your toolbar.
  3. Next, find a book description at Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com (e.g. Da Vinci Code; Double Fold; Lonesome Dove)
  4. Click on your new bookmark to look it up in the library's catalog.

Overview

Readers everywhere use Amazon.com (or BarnesandNoble.com, or other book sites) to find books of interest and then wonder if the book is available at the local library. We love John Udell's LibraryLookup bookmarklet which makes this easy: when you have a book information page from an online bookseller displayed in your browser, you simply click on Jon's LibraryLookup bookmarklet to automatically check your library's OPAC for books with the same ISBN.

Jon's bookmarklet does exact matches on single ISBNs. We enhanced this concept by embedding, behind the scenes and invisible to the user, OCLC's xISBN lookup service. After retrieving the ISBN of the desired book from the Amazon.com page, our bookmarklet searches xISBN service, and then returns the ISBNs of other books in WorldCat related to the sought-after book. (The ISBNs together approximately make up a "FRBR work".) The bookmarklet then checks your library's catalog for those ISBNs.

When you are searching for a book in a library, you probably don't care which specific edition you get. We use the power of WorldCat, and OCLC Research's FRBR algorithm, to locate other possible ISBNs for the book you're looking for.

Credits

xISBN Bookmarklets are inspired by Jon Udell's LibraryLookup homepage, and were originally developed by Jeff Young of OCLC Research as a prototype service. We also use LibX's registry to support more libraries.