library data services around the web for use in hacks
an application programming interface (API) specifies how software components interact with each other. this is often in the form of web services, making integration between systems possible over the web. integrating with an API makes it possible to retrieve data that is up-to-date and maintained in one place.
some services listed here require registration to access. they may wish to limit the number of requests, or enforce licensing terms. please pay attention to the licensing for each particular service.
books books books.
one web page for every book. open library exposes an API to gain access to all their book data in various formats.web e.g. koha
provides catalogue search facilities across all participating libraries (worldwide). also search for libraries by location.web e.g. bookmark your library
three services provided, thingISBN, thingTitle and thingLang. a web services API also provides full developer access to librarything data. 1000 requests per dayweb
access to google data on books. includes searching via title and retrieving ISBN, eBooks, and cover images.web tutorial e.g. worldcat search API
allows you to search for book reviews by ISBN. plus lots of services to interact with other goodreads dataweb
full access to comic wiki contentweb
bookshare provide accessible books to those with print disablities. the API allows you to query their catalogue.web
data about collections.
significant portions of the Library's digitized collections are available as machine-readable data: over one million objects and records for you to search, crawl and compute.web
the internet archive provides an advanced search for web archives, video, texts, and software.web
data describing the collections and catalogues of national and research libraries in 48 countries.web
an interface giving full and searchable remote access to all of the europeana collection dataweb
search over 70 UK and Irish academic national & specialist library cataloguesweb
web services for the library catalogues and other online library services.web
data about libraries.
provides UK library listings, searchable by location, authority, region. also lists associated collections in libraries and museumsweb
national-specific collection data.
programmatic access to the metadata and some full text. holds over 400 million books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives from the national library of Australia.web
access to and documentation for digital public library of america dataweb
not library related but useful in many projects, address data can be hard to find that isn't restricted.
postcode and geolocation API for the UK. free, open source, and based solely on open data.web
a crowd-sourced open address uk database compiling free address information and submitted dataweb
a geocoding (and reverse geocoding) API using open street map dataweb
useful for looking up places (towns, cities, wards, authorities) and returning geo-location dataweb