Handy Library Manager  for Windows


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Automatically catalog books using ISBN number.

Catalogue all items in your library by using ISBN numbers (books) or UPC codes (CDs, DVDs). Our ISBN auto-cataloguing feature is free and is included in package. You just simply scan barcode numbers into a text file or directly into our Web Search utility. If you don't have a scanner you can review our library supplies suggestions.

Use LIBRARY_NEW database to catalog new items. Move your new items to the LIBRARY main catalog when they are ready for circulation.

LIBRARY_NEW database:

  1. Add new items:
    - Add new items from the Internet using ISBN number(s).
    - Add new items from the text/excel file (data items delimited/separated by tab, comma, etc.).
    - Add new items from the MARC file (mnemonic text file format).
    - Type in information for your new items.
  2. Process new items:
    - Add/modify data entries.
    - Print reports.
    - Print labels.

How to add new items from the Internet using ISBN number(s) (auto-catalog book items from the Internet)?

  1. On the Add Items/Patrons tab, in the Library Administrator window, click Add Library Items.

  1. On the Add Items tab click Auto Catalog.

  1. In the Search Type box select isbnBook (search by ISBN number).
  2. In the earch Site box select Library of Congress or any predefined search site.
  3. Scan ISBN barcode, enter ISBN numbers, or load them from a text file. Don't enter spaces, dashes, or any other characters, just numbers.
  4. Click Web Search.
  5. Check messages on the status line.
  6. Click on the item in the Found Items table and review details.
  7. Click Add Checked Items to add all found items into the LIBRARY_NEW table.
  8. Click Close to return to the Library_New table.

  1. This shows how the information is imported into the Library_New items table which is defined in the Data Field Mapping box.

  1. Click on the Not Found Items tab to review not found items.


Related questions:

How do i Scan bulk ISBN numbers and bulk search?

Answer: please review the above help topic or beginner: library learn basics.


Can any of your programs use hand barcode scanner for adding new books to library database? Scan ISBN code and pull data from internet sources into program?

Answer: You can scan ISBN bar codes from a book into the search box and automatically catalogue book data into our system.


I am volunteering in my local school library to get the books catalogued and into the software so the books can be moved in/out more efficiently. I am entering each book individually into the software. There is just not enough manpower to manually input all these books in a realistic amount of time. Is there a scanner available that can scan the ISBN bar code to input all the data?


Question: If I were to import a text file (excel file), would I later be able to edit information from that record by using the autocataloging function? Essentially, there are periods of time where we do not have access to the Internet in order to catalog. At the times we do have access to the Internet I would like to supplement the item record with autocataloging information, but I do not see how that may be possible without creating a duplicate.

Answer: Web search, auto-cataloging by ISBN does not support updates.


Question: How do you enter not found items into the data base?

Answer: The handy library web search does not bring any results it means: the different edition of the item is listed with different ISBN number; this title is not listed.
Before you decide to enter items manually please check if there are different publications of your book with different ISBN number. Go to Library Of Congress and execute search by Title + Author. Review results. Click on the one that is similar to your library item, look for ISBN number (if there is none, then check LCCN). Use this number in our library auto-cataloging feature.

Before you decide to enter items manually we suggest to use Google search (or any web search) with title + author. There will be many results. Select the site that provides data in the best form. Use text copy/paste from browser to our program.


Question: We are small school and currently we have about 7,000 books that were given to us by private school that closed. I am going to have to enter the data. I wish we had a spreadsheet. I started to create one but it has been labour intensive and Iím only up to 500 books in the spreadsheet. That is one thing that moved me to find software. Plus, I am not a librarian, just a mom who has a love of books and wants our library to be a gift to our students.

Auto-cataloging by ISBN will speed up data entry. To use this feature please purchase barcode scanner for your library.

Question: Combining search results. In Handy Library manager when I do a ISBN Search to add new items I will get results from both the Library of Congress as well as Amazon. Both provide different yet necessary information. Is there a way to, automatically, combine these results into a single entry for the library?

Unfortunately this feature is not supported.



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