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Last edited by George
October 13, 2011 | History

Resources for In Library Lending Partners

Read API

Open Library now supports the Read API for turning book identifiers (ISBN, etc.) into direct links links to our online eBooks.

You can use this API to add read/borrow links to your library catalog search results.

Here's an example using the Evergreen ILS (from the Laurentian University catalog).

Search results for 'Isak Dinesen'

(Look for the 'Borrow online' links on the right. Note that you'll need a Laurentian library card to get to these, in this example.)


It's easy to set EZProxy to provide access to our 'In Library' books for remote library patrons. Here's a quick HOWTO.

MARC Records

The Internet Archive is providing MARC records for our borrowable books. 105,852 so far! We've added new 856 fields to the records, with links to Open Library and Internet Archive pages for the books.

The 856 fields usually have an Open Library link. Display this to your users, as this is where they'll go to borrow books. The Internet Archive may have more information about the scan itself, but can't be (directly) used to borrow books.

To support remote users, you may need to use EZProxy with the links in the 856 fields. Use it with the Open Library links, but don't proxy the links, as this interferes with the book authentication code.

Note that some books may not have an Open Library link. These books aren't borrowable; we're hoping to fix this soon.


October 13, 2011 Edited by George Changed order
September 24, 2011 Edited by mikemccabe add anchors
July 24, 2011 Edited by mikemccabe using ezproxy with links from MARC
June 29, 2011 Edited by George Edited without comment.
June 25, 2011 Created by mikemccabe initial