Libertree makes library trips less painful with instant book search

Imagine going to the library and finding the book you’re looking for in just under a second. It’s this speed and ease of use that has convinced 66% of universities in Korea to use Libertree in their libraries.

You likely haven’t heard of Libertree, yet they claim to have the biggest book cataloging database in the world – after Amazon. To date, Libretree’s system offers a database of over 24 million books – and it’s growing.

The company specializes in offering a MARC-compatible catalog system for libraries which is insanely fast thanks to AI.

MARC Is the acronym for Machine-Readable Cataloging, which is the data standard used by most libraries for recording book information in catalogs.

Libertree is not designed to replace librarians, but it’s designed to help make the library’s system more efficient by supporting the librarian’s tasks. So when someone comes into the library and they search for a book, thanks to the Libertree’s instant results, the librarian will be able to pull the book for them quickly, with virtually no-waiting period.

The Libertree catalog includes a book image, along with a detailed overview, table of contents, information about the author, and a preview of 20 to 40 pages of text from the book.

Libertree's user interface
Libertree’s user interface

The system offers other features, like a one-click request wishlist, the option to send recommendation emails to customers when new releases are available in the library. Libertree also lets librarians quickly create a catalog of donated books.

Libertree says that they believe that their system will encourage visitors to keep coming back and using the library more since locating books will no longer be a frustrating and slow experience.

Currently, Libertee is based in Korea and supports Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese languages.

The company is planning to expand to other countries and languages outside of Korea, as well as to business libraries.

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