xISBN (Web service)
Got a book title from an online bookseller? Check whether your local library has it and other editions.
Got a book title from an online bookseller? Check whether your local library has it.
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.