Saturday, June 9, 2012

Library Elf

We have three library cards in our family so far.  And because we often have 30 picture story books out at one time, spread through several rooms, keeping track of when everything is due can be tricky.  But I have an elf that takes care of that for me.

Library Elf keeps track of all your borrowed books and emails you reminders - three days before it's due, the day before, on the day and every day you are overdue.  Then it's simply a matter of renewing the particular books online or putting them near the front door to take back.  You don't have to enter any information into the site after the initial set-up. It links in with your library account and automatically updates your library elf account whenever you use your library.

Your local library needs to be registered for you to participate but there's a fair list of Australian libraries that are part of the program. There are also libraries in the US, Canada, UK and New Zealand who are registered.  You can link up one library card for free but if you pay a fee of about $15 a year, you can list multiple cards to the one email account and keep an eye on everyone's borrowing so that you are never paying late fees again.  To check if your library is part of this program, click here.  And if they are not, suggest they join.

1 comment:

Tasmanian said...

Went to the library with my coldy children today. Houseful of new books let coldy Mummy have a sleep after lunch. And now I have finally Elfed so I don't need to put the due date in my diary - good call Deb.