Book Discovery Tools

June 7th, 2013

One of the interesting and sometimes challenging aspects of our work in libraries is to match a library user with the texts that he or she will most want to read, be it for research or entertainment.

If you intend to also read for fun this summer, chat with us, check out our Pinterest Boards, or try some of the tools, below. Each one enables you to explore a genre or factor a recommendation based upon authors or books you already enjoy.
Novelry (New! Sign up for its July launch)
Goodreads and Shelfari (for those who appreciate the added social networking)
Locate available copies of books on campus or within the UW-System by using the library catalog and its UW System search feature. The Madison Public Library, as part of the South Central Library System, is also an amazing resource for satisfying popular reading interests–search its catalog to locate items of interest. 

And, if you haven’t yet discovered it, Steenbock Library hosts its very own “Little Free Library” in which you can also freely exchange popular reading materials.