Reader Services

The library has books for every reading interest and pleasure, in a variety of formats. Scroll down the page to find book information and links to suggested reading, information on the library's book discussion groups, and links to lists of new books, DVDs, etc.


New Items Lists

There are links to new books, DVDs, audiobooks, etc. posted on the library's Online Catalog. To see what the new additions are select the link below and look for the lists on the right hand side of the page. Click on the desired list and the new titles will be displayed. Clicking on the title will allow you to see if the item has arrived, is checked out, or even put the title on hold. Go to New Items Lists.


Reader's Advisory Sources

Online guide to help identify fiction books by title, author, plot description. To access Novelist click on the title above, scroll down until you see Novelist, then select library or remote access.

Authors and Literary Criticisms

Online Literary Criticism Collection
Sponsored by the Internet Public Library, this site is a starting point for finding criticisms of American and British literary works, as well as author's biographical information.  Search by an author's last name, work's title, or literary period.  Most resources are free, although some citations may refer to databases with limited access or retrieval costs.
study guides for a variety of contemporary novels. Included are many newer books that aren't covered by the older study guide sites.
A Celebration of Women Writers
List of women authors and links to their works or other information such as biographies, portraits, etc.
Jack London Online Collection
Collections of Jack London's writing, correspondence, research aids, critical essays, etc.
Jane Austen Information Page
Contains resources for studying the works of Jane Austen. Includes the complete text of some novels, as well as biographical information, letters, essays, and a collection of other Jane Austen web pages
Literary Resources on the Net
Pointers to literary information on the web organized by period and subtopic. Keyword search is also available
Complete Works of Shakespeare
Includes quotations, glossary, links to other Shakespeare resources on the Internet and is keyword searchable.
Fictional World of Archives
What do James Bond, Mr. Bean and FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully have in common? Find out on the "Fictional World of Archives" page.
Sherlock Holmes on the Web
Site dedicated to Sherlock Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Has links to other Sherlockian sites/pages.


Readers' Advisor, or What To Read Next?

Fiction_L Booklists
Includes "Read-Alikes," genre and subject lists
What's Next
"What's Next" helps you search for the next title in a series. Searches can be made by title, author or series.
Specializes in library and genre fiction information including themed booklists.
"If You Like..." Index
Provides "read-alikes" for such authors as Patricia Cornwell, John Grisham, Jackie Collins, as well as subject categories such as family sagas, thrillers, etc.
ATN Reading Lists
All Together Now (ATN) contains over 1300 reading lists. Suggested reading lists include genres, authors, school subjects, themes and more.

Book Discussion Group Resources

Reading Group Center

Includes reading recommendations, “tips,” and “cheat sheets” for the Random House imprints, Vintage and Anchor.  

Reading Group Choices

Reading Group Choices selects discussible books and suggests discussion topics for reading groups.  This popular website offers interesting, informative, fun, and interactive material of interest to book clubs.

Reading Group Guides
Includes hundreds of guides and recommendations, plus news.

Book Group How-Tos

Located at the Seattle Public Library, this page presents ideas for creating a books discussion group. It also includes tips on making the most of your discussions.