Friday, September 24th, 2010

All US Libraries in LibraryThing Local, we think

Thanks to some serious work on the part of volunteers, all libraries (and branches) in the United States have a page in LibraryThing Local. Volunteer members took information for each library from, and created or added it to Local. The last bazillion entries were done by lemontwist, to whom we are very grateful.

Since we also added the ability to upload more than one venue photo, I suggest we start an official LibraryThing sport, the goal being to take a photo of yourself in front of as many public libraries as you can visit, and add them to each library’s page. Here, I’ll start.

You can read the thread about adding all the libraries here.

This also means that you should be able to find any US library when you’re out and about with your iPhone, with the Local Books app.

Do we really have them all?
The volunteers were as thorough as possible, but if you find a library or branch that isn’t listed, go ahead and add it (here’s the help page). If you live outside the US and find a list of your country’s libraries, let us know, and we can work on adding all your libraries into Local as well.

Cambridge Public Library photo by Nicole Hennig, Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic. Seattle Public Library photo by the Seattle Municipal Archives, Copyright: Item No. 147779 Use with attribution allowed. Permission info here.

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  1. Eliza says:

    Here’s a list of all the ones in Spain:

  2. King Rat says:

    The Seattle Public Library image is from the Seattle Municipal Archives, actually. They release it under a CC-BY license, which requires correct attribution.

  3. Rivendell says:

    I’m pretty sure that all UK (and UK overseas territories) public and university libraries (and their branches) have a page.

  4. verenka says:

    Here’s a list of all public libraries in Austria:

    I started adding some in Upper Austria, but have given up in the face of the sheer volume.

  5. Kai says:

    German Wikipedia has several lists, starting off with cascaded wiki pages and including links to library homepages where known. As usual, actual addresses, especially branch addresses, are somewhat spotty.

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