Library Elf

Track your library loans
Let Elf help you keep up with due dates and avoid overdue fines library

Avoid overdue fines with email alerts
Check multiple library cards
Track books, DVDs, CDs, videos, etc.
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Who uses Elf?


  • Anyone who wants to reduce overdue fines

  • Track holds and loans

  • Families with children and lots of books
  • Individuals with several library cards

  • Anyone who requests a lot of holds

  • What\'s delivered?

  • Email and/or RSS alerts before items are due

  • Email and/or RSS alerts on overdue fines and holds

  • Consolidated list of yours or your family\'s library loans and holds

  • Cellphone text message alerts for holds (US and Canada)

  • Real-time checking by browser

  • See if your library is supported (view list of libraries).
    Sign Up today (free*).
    Concerns about privacy? We will not sell or share any lists containing your email address. See our Privacy Policy.
    For more information, go to our FAQ or see the Elf demo.

    Goes Mobile:

    We are please to announce the release of Elf Mobile (beta) to our subscriber libraries. If you want to try it out, please point your mobile browser to this URL to download it:

    Currently we are targeting iPhone/iPod devices. Android devices will work but the Android Back button is not handled by the app. (If you hit the Android Back button it will take you out of the app.) We are working on a solution to this problem.

    Once you click on the above link, it will download the web app. Sign into Elf Mobile with the same email address and password that you use on the Elf website. Once this information is set on your mobile device, you don\'t have to do it again. If you forgot your Elf password you can get it sent to you (

    After you set your email address and password, you’ll be able to see your checked-out items and holds displayed in a calendar format and by various categories (overdue, holds ready, etc.). If your items are due across more than one month, swipe the calendar sideways to see more months. You can also tap on various dates in the calendar to get more detailed information.

    To check your cards for the latest status, tap on the Refresh icon (upper right corner). It\'s similar to clicking the Check My Cards link on the website. Please note that if you have several cards, it could take a few minutes to complete. During this time, you can continue to use your Elf Mobile app.

    Elf Mobile is designed to work even when there is no network connection. So if you are out of cellphone or Wi-Fi range, you can still view your calendar and items.

    On the iPhone/iPod, we suggest putting this web app on your home page. You can do this by tapping the icon at the bottom of the browser which has the option Add to Home Screen. This will put the Elf icon on your home screen. When you tap that Elf icon you will notice that the app now has more display area. With Android devices, we suggest bookmarking the web app and then adding that bookmark to your home screen as well.

    We feel this beta release is pretty solid after already putting it through two limited releases. So we have also sent out a similar email announcement to your Elf patrons so that they can try it out and give us some additional feedback. We asked them to send us their feedback directly through our feedback link ( If there are any questions from your patrons about Elf Mobile, please direct them to this link.

    *Elf is independently-run and is NOT affiliated in any way with any schools or libraries. This site and service makes no endorsement, recommendation or representation of any type.