Wikipedia:Forward to Libraries
This page in a nutshell: Forward to Libraries finds books on a Wikipedia article's subject at a reader's local library.
Forward to Libraries
(FTL) is a service provided to Wikipedia readers to find books on an article's subject. The service links an article's subject to a search of books at that reader's local library in their city. It is configured by the reader using cookies
and can be set to any library in the FTL database. Forward to Libraries
runs on Wikimedia Toolforge
A screenshot of the template display
The first time a reader clicks on a "resources in your library" FTL link from a Wikipedia article, the reader is taken to a landing page on Wikimedia Toolforge
which has automatically formatted links to search various libraries for the article's subject. On the landing page, the reader can choose a preferred library to search. (Usually this would be the reader's local library, but they can choose another if they wish.) If they do not wish their preferred library to be remembered, there is also a link provided to choose a library only for the reader's current query.
When the reader chooses a library, they will be sent to a search for the Wikipedia article's subject in that library's catalog, discovery search, or website. If remembered, the preferred library is recorded in a cookie
in the readers' web browser. The next time the reader clicks a "resources in your library" link in a Wikipedia article, they will be taken directly to a search in their preferred library, and see what books and other resources the library has on the subject of the article.
Readers can also search in any other library known to the system, by choosing "resources in other libraries" links instead of "resources in your library" links. Readers can also change their preferred library at any time, by clicking on a "resources in other libraries" link and then choosing the "set a different preferred library for future searches" link from the landing page. Users can suggest additional libraries to be added to the system, or request an update of an existing library's configuration, via a request form
The FTL searches can also search by author, so when a reader is viewing the article about the author Dean Koontz
, they can search for books about Dean Koontz or search for books written by Dean Koontz.
In addition to finding books at a reader's local library, the service can also find free-licensed books online about a subject by using data from the Online Books Page
Libraries are regularly added to the FTL database. Users can request a specific library be added by using the request form at onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu
The service is currently used on Wikipedia through the following templates.
Last edited on 21 October 2020, at 17:27
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