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


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.

newtonclanmomma
1/15/2018 11:15:42 PM

I’m looking for a book about a woman painting a mans house and he is a widower with two little girls. The lady falls off the ladder and he takes care of her and they fall in love.


#FirstlifeArcher
1/15/2018 3:23:49 PM

QueenHaleigh, I think you mean Matefinder..


Lauryn
1/15/2018 1:48:32 PM

Im look for a book where a girl is moved into the city with i think her aunt and uncle, she meets a boy at school and they start dating but he thinks she becomes too much to handle because she gets selfish and they break up. dont remember much but later on they run into each other at a subway and he tells her to stay away from him.