|Open Worldcat’s Find in a Library|
|Search for library materials through WorldCat:|
What is “Find-in-a-Library”??
It’s the search engine for a program called “The Open WorldCat” which allows book and media materials from participating OCLC member libraries to be found on sites which can access OCLC’s WorldCat database. This database covers libraries in many cities/regions/countries. As a result, by using their postal code, searchers can find what books and other library materials are available in a given area, no matter where they live. For genealogists this is a great help, because nearby out-of-town libraries might have a much-needed genealogy book that a local library may not have. Or a researcher may find a desired book at a library in another area (or even country!) that another friend/family member living there could access and relay the information. Or planned vacations can be combined with genealogy research, as this program can help “scout out” that vacation city’s library holdings of interest.
Online booksellers are also on the database that lists books for sale. The most current list can be seen at the above header link. At time of my writing (2006), these were the other sites involved: