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Suppose you're shopping on Amazon for a book like Lawrence Lessig's Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity, and you wonder if your local library has a copy of the book. Amazon displays the ISBN near the title or product details. Highlight the ISBN, and click "Search MVLC" in your toolbar. Presto, you're looking at the search results for that book / CD at your local library!
How it works
The catalog for the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium supports lookup by ISBN. If you perform the search, you'll notice that the resulting URL for that search is
Select ONLY the numeric portion of an ISBN. Do not include the letters "ISBN" The samples listed below also link to the internal ISBN handler of this website.
- Little Rabbit Foo Foo is ISBN 0671709682
- Free Culture is ISBN 1594200068
If you want to customize the location of the search, you must change the locg parameter.
locg=1 searches across all the MVLC rather than a specific library to cast the widest net - and of course you can always ask for the material to be loaned to your local library. The Merrimack Valley Library Consortium includes the towns of