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.



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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).


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

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