now at a library near you...

Posted by Otis Chandler on February 19, 2007
Thanks to a very inspiring email from Goodreads member Alexandra (who is also a real Librarian), we've added a link to find books at your local library. This is going to be much cheaper than having to buy it at Amazon, so I'm guessing it will be a popular feature.

The service is provided by www.worldcat.org, which is a service by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) that lets you search for books in any library.

Why should we rent books from the library when Amazon is a click away? Aside from the cost, Alexandra pointed out a very good reason: increase library use among the public. She explains:

"There are many complex issues impacting library use and funding right now, but the gold standard across most U.S. tax bases for determining library funding is cirulation statistics. If goodreads user checks a book he or she sees on goodreads out of a library to read, that's another book that circulates and and another hash mark on the circulation tally. The more hash marks, the more money the library gets to buy more books to be checked out by readers to generate more hash marks. Yay! Everybody wins!"

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