30 May 2006

Elf reminds you when library books are due

Joel leans on tech to avoid library overdue fines:

Elf is a free service that works much better than taking out sets of five.  Assuming your library is on the list (and they have several hundred of the largest libraries and library networks), you enter your library card number and PIN -- and the library card numbers of your spouse and children.  Then you can get an email reminder whenever a book on any of your cards is coming due, three days ahead of the date (you can set the number of days, too).  Or an SMS message.  Or use the RSS feed.  It has hugely reduced my overdue fines.

Tags:

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341bf6d653ef00d8348f098253ef

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Elf reminds you when library books are due:

Your comments

Feed Follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

This is so cool! Thanks for the tip!

Our library sends out email reminders three days in advance and then on the day they are due. You can renew online on their website. You can also search their catalogue and then put in hold requests on the website and get an email when the holds are ready for pickup. Very handy! Check out your library's website to see if they offer these services!

Here's another option to keep track of those books (sorry its Mac-only).

http://tinyurl.com/rgu5w

Its called Library Books, and allows you to check your library status right from the menu bar.

We close comments after a month to guard against spam. Want to talk about this hack? Join us on Twitter and Facebook!

 

Free updates

  • Subscribers are my VIPs. My weekly newsletter includes a personal update, the latest from Parent Hacks, interesting links and news.

    Subscribers also get priority event invitations and occasional surprises via snail mail.

Asha's Book

  • At Amazon: Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less

    Find out why doing less is the key to resourceful, thriving kids, and a calmer, happier YOU.

    Minimalist Parenting is an encouraging roadmap for decluttering your schedule, your home, and your vision for family life. Reviewers call it "a much welcome alternative to the usual parenting advice."

    Learn More at Amazon

    Also available at Barnes & Noble or your favorite local bookstore.

New Book Coming Soon!

  • Coming soon: Parent Hacks Book

Start Amazon shopping here