April 22, 2019

New browser extension lets you search for that book you wanted direct from local library


One of the perks of working in the book business is, of course, the free books… but what to do if you can’t get your hands on that hot new bestseller that promises to change your life and you know no one at the publisher? Well, then my friend you should go and get yourself … a library card! (Or buy local!)

For Book Riot, Jamie Canaves introduces library users to a handy new browser extension that’ll help you determine whether your local library stocks that title you’ve been thinking about (and most likely searching online). Available for Chrome, with an extension for Firefox on the way, readers can download Library Extension and immediately check the availability of the physical and e-book copy at their local library. As a very proud member of the Brooklyn public library system, might I also suggest for those from the borough to download their app, BPL Mobile?

Take a tip from our very own Jenny Odell, author of How To Do Nothing, and close that Instagram app. The library’s got so much for you.



Alex Primiani is the associate director of publicity at Melville House.