We are very avid users of our local library. We go to the library at least once a week, frequently twice or more. We get loads of children’s books for our son the super reader, and adult fiction and non fiction, and sometimes videos (although less now that we Netflix). We love the easy inter-library loan system available to us and are always requesting things from other libraries in the system. We often have 20-30 items out at one time with 3 or 4 different due dates. With all this going on it would be impossible to keep track of when things were due without the help of the wonderful free service “Library Elf“. This service checks our library account online daily and sends us email notifying us of when books are due the following day, or when inter-library requests have arrived. You can configure how early it alerts you, or how often it emails. They have almost every major library system available, or (as in our case) they will be happy to add your local library system if it is a Polaris PowerPac (v3.2 or later) or a Dynix library system. Check them out!

From www.libraryelf.com:

Track your library books

Let Elf help you manage your library loans and holds

Avoid overdues with email alerts
Check multiple library cards
Track books, DVDs, CDs, videos, etc.
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Who uses Elf?

  • Anyone who wants to reduce overdues

  • Families with children and lots of books

  • Individuals with several library cards

  • Anyone who requests a lot of holds

What’s delivered?

  • Email and/or RSS alerts before items are due

  • Email and/or RSS alerts on overdues and holds

  • Consolidated list of yours or your family’s library loans and holds

  • Cellphone text message alerts for holds (US and Canada)

  • Real-time checking by browser