Import a CSV file

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Libib lets you import your items via a csv file, but does require that you have at least one identifying column (ISBN 13, ISBN 10, UPC, EAN). To start an import, select the CSV Import option on the Add Items page.

The fields that you are allowed to import are:

  • Added Date – This is the date the item was added to Libib, however during import you can designate a specific add date. (Format eg. YYYY-MM-DD).
  • Authors/Directors/Platform/Artist – The creator(s) of the item. If more than one, they can be comma separated. (Format eg. Firstname Lastname, Firstname Lastname)
  • Began Date – The date you began the item. (Format eg. YYYY-MM-DD).
  • [PRO] Call Numbers – These are optional identifying elements for your items, we recommend formatting by dot separators, ex 123.23.41 or Case 1.Shelf 2
  • Completed Date – The date you completed the item. (Format eg. YYYY-MM-DD).
  • Copies – How many copies you have. Integers only. (eg. 2)
  • Description – The description of the item (limited to 5000 characters, ~1000 words).
  • Group – What group it may belong to, such as a series name.
  • ISBN 10 (books only) – The ISBN 10 identifier of a book.
  • ISBN 13 (books only) – The ISBN 13 identifer of a book.
  • UPC (non-books) – The UPC of an item.
  • EAN (non-books) – The EAN of an item.
  • [PRO] DDC – The DDC (Melvile Classification) of an item.
  • [PRO] LCC – The Library of Congress Classification of an item.
  • [PRO] LCCN – The Library of Congress Control Number of an item.
  • [PRO] OCLC – The OCLC Control Number of an item.
  • Notes – Any personal notes that you have made about the item.
  • Price – The price/cost of the item; this field is always user provided (we do not auto-curate)
  • Rating – Your rating on a scale of 1 – 5. (ex. 4.5)
  • Review – Your review of the item – reviews are always made public.
  • Review Date – The date you made your review. (Format eg. YYYY-MM-DD).
  • Status – The current status of the item. (Allowed status’: Abandoned, Not Begun, In Progress, Completed).
  • Tags – Comma separated words that operate as categorizations for the item.
  • Title – The title of the item.
Libib will automatically attempt to fill in the gaps in your data (such as adding titles if there is no titles column).
If an item already exists in your library, then no change is made (that row in the csv file is ignored).
Cover art will be auto-curated from Libib’s internal database for all items.After you upload a csv file, you will be directed to double-check your values, and that they align with Libib’s values.

  1. The name of your csv column.
  2. A drop down list of possible matches that Libib will recognize.
    If there is “no match found”, Libib will do one of two things:

    1. If it is data that Libib has internally (such as titles, authors or cover art) Libib will auto-curate that information.
    2. If it is data that Libib does not store (such as a location field), Libib will ignore it.
  3. The first 5 rows of your csv’s data for review.
Technical note: If there are non-latin characters in the CSV file, you must ensure that the file has a UTF-8 encoding for the import to work.

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