How to Find That Book You've Spent Years Looking For

Between libraries, the web, and rare book stores, near-forgotten books are easier than ever to find.

| November-December 2003


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Searching for a book you remember reading as a child, college student, or happy dropout, but haven't seen anywhere since? On the Web, there are now numerous ways to expand your hunt beyond Amazon. Abebooks is a consortium that connects you to thousands of used-book stores around the world. Another search site is the Berkeley-based Bookfinder.com. You can also search a growing number of individual stores online, including the Portland-based Powells and Bolerium Books in San Francisco, which specializes in rare books on labor issues and radical history.


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Meanwhile, your local library can be a great help, too, thanks to a practice called interlibrary loan. Libraries across the country will lend you books and other materials, creating a vast collection that's easy for you to access. Here's how: If you don't find what you're looking for in your library's catalog, ask a librarian to locate it elsewhere in the huge national loan network. Tell the pros as much about the book as you can. Title and author are most important, but publisher and publication date (or even a good guess at it) can be helpful too. They'll do the rest.

Spellflinger
4/25/2019 1:26:55 PM

@GrandmaBoo the author is Zenna Henderson and the book is Ingathering: The Complete People Stories


Alec Eaton
4/24/2019 1:27:38 PM

I'm looking for a book I can't remember the title of but on the cover of the book stands a 16-17-year-old black haired boy holding a phone and an overweight man standing behind him.


GrandmaBoo
4/23/2019 7:41:20 PM

I'm looking for a book I read in the 1960's. I believe the title was "The People" I know the author was well known for her child and adechild/adolescent