How to keep track of books you’d like to borrow from your local library

You might have a list of books piling up that you’d like to read from your local library. Especially given these times of stay-at-home, your list might be growing longer. How do you keep track of these books?

Sure, a simple written list would work. Or maybe a digital note saved on your computer.

I prefer to save my list on WorldCat

Photo of my library wish list on worldcat.org

1) Others can see my list too.
It’s fun to share. Here’s my list: Glen Ellyn Public Library wish list

2) My list is available to me anywhere.
I have this list saved as a bookmark on my phone. With just a simple tap, I can pull up my list. This has come in so handy during the days when I was walking home from the train, going past the library. I just pull up the list on my phone, and boom, here’s all my books I’m interested in at this library.

3) WorldCat is a great place to see if your library has your book.
When I hear about a book I’d like to read, one of the first places I go is worldcat.org to see if my local library has the book. If my local library does have the book, I add the book to this custom list. This way, I have the whole process within worldcat. I don’t have to hop over from one service to another. As soon as I see the book in Worldcat, BOOM, I add it to my list in Worldcat. Easy.

Now comes my greatest wish

When my library doesn’t have the book, I wish worldcat had the feature where I could add the book to an alerts list. If the book is purchased by any of my favorite local libraries, I would get an alert via email.

Is there any service that does this sort of alert when my library gets a book I want?

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Peter Kreten
Peter Kreten
1 month ago

I love this article! My list for library reading is growing as well. I wonder if there is also an interlibrary loan system that you could subscribe too. If Glen Ellyn’s library doesn’t have it, maybe the Chicago Public Library does.

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