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1HollandVillage
Ago 13, 2022, 6:28 pm

Just realized I have set up and am using two accounts. Some of my books are in one account and the others in another account. How can I merge or combine books from both accounts to have them all in one account? Thank you.

2Nicole_VanK
Ago 14, 2022, 12:55 am

>1 HollandVillage: I don't think us "mere mortals" can do that. Maybe staff can help you though. Here's the list of contact info: https://www.librarything.com/contact

3HollandVillage
Ago 14, 2022, 5:41 am

>2 Nicole_VanK: thank you so much!

4kristilabrie
Ago 15, 2022, 8:41 am

>1 HollandVillage: Unfortunately, we don't have a way to merge LibraryThing accounts. Your best bet for moving books from one account to the other is going to depend on how detailed your records are, and how much of that info you need to capture in the account you'd like to keep.

You can see a list of our export and import options here: https://www.librarything.com/more/import. If it's just a matter of transferring a list of books from one account to the other, I'd recommend using the Excel export option, the copying in the list of ISBNs using our Universal Import feature. This will not capture your Tags, Call numbers, or other info—it will create a new record.

If you have more detailed data in the account you'd like to move books from, check out the Universal Import option's LibraryThing Sample file which can be downloaded on the righthand side of the Universal Import page here: https://www.librarything.com/import. You'll need to format your data so that your file's columns match those in the LibraryThing Sample exactly. Please see our Help page for more information on how to follow our .csv import: https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/HelpThing:Import.

I hope this helps! If there's anything else I can do for you, please don't hesitate to ask.

5lorax
Ago 18, 2022, 10:16 am

And if you have any significant data you want to import, you're totally out of luck. Starting with the "universal import" and editing the records will probably be faster than doing manual entry for everything, but not by much. I've been asking for better import for years, and while non-dev staff has been sympathetic I've gotten either lack of interest or outright derision for being so stupid as to think they could add fields from devs.

6TheYankeeIrregular
Abr 25, 2023, 3:11 am

>4 kristilabrie: Hello. I have a similar issue. I would like to create a more accurate list of my books because some have gone missing. I feel like I need a whole new list that is accurate as of today.I see my two options as 1) create a new account and add the books from the shelves to the new account 2) edit my current collection by going shelf by shelf to see which books actually are still here. #2 seems so confusing and time consuming. Advice please? Is it possible to make a new collection with the accurate books ex: my library 2, but then the original my library list is still there because some collections cannot be deleted. Not sure how to proceed.

7kristilabrie
Abr 25, 2023, 8:02 am

>6 TheYankeeIrregular: We have a "Take Inventory" feature that you might find quite useful in this situation: https://blog.librarything.com/2015/06/new-feature-take-inventory/

Let me know what you think, and if you have any questions!

8TheYankeeIrregular
Abr 26, 2023, 11:14 am

>7 kristilabrie: I think this is just what I’m looking for! Excellent. Thanks. Now, where is that CueCat? Here Kitty Kitty….