Readers’ Services

READERS’ SERVICES

Looking for your next book? Let us help with our great readers’ advisory resources.

CHECK OUT OUR READERS’ ADVISORY DATABASE NOVELIST

NoveList is a powerful readers’ guide to finding that next great read. It contains information on thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles, plus lists of award-winning books, book discussion guides, recommended reads, series, author profiles, and much more. Click on the link above or go to our Online Resources page.

SIGN UP FOR NEXTREADS NEWSLETTERS

Sign up to receive our Oswego Public Library District monthly email newsletters to let you know the latest news on new book titles as well as keep you abreast of books that may be of interest to you. Select the newsletter you want to subscribe to: Mystery, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Best Sellers, Biography and Memoir, Romance, Thrillers and Suspense, and more!

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Note: Content of NextReads is provided by LibraryAware. The Oswego Public Library District and its employees are not responsible for the content and reliability.

SEARCH FIND MORE ILLINOIS

Search and request materials from libraries across Illinois and have the items delivered directly to Oswego Public Library for you! Just follow these steps:

  1. Open “Find More Illinois” here.
  2. Click “Please Login” in the upper right corner.
  3. A pop-up box will appear. Select Oswego Public Library District, type in your library card number and PIN, and click “Submit”.
  4. Type in your search using the search bar. You can use the drop-down menu on the left to search by title, author, and more.
  5. Your search results may appear in multiple editions or formats (such as book, audiobook, CD, etc.). If you want to narrow down your results, you can use the options on the left-hand side.
  6. To request the item, click on the hand icon under the word “Request” for your desired format. If no hand icon appears, click on the cover image, then click on the “Request This Item” button. Note: If you try to request an item that the Oswego Public Library owns, the following message will appear: “The item you’re requesting is owned by the library. Please check on this availability before submitting this request.” 
  7. Fill out the submission form. Please be sure to select your preferred pick-up location.
  8. Confirm that the information on the request form is correct and click “Submit”. A pop-up will appear confirming your submission. We will notify you when your item is ready for pick up!

BROWSE THE LATEST EDITION OF BOOKPAGE

BookPage is a monthly guide showcasing some of the best new books across all genres. Discover your next great read in BookPage digital or pick up a print version at the library each month, while supplies last.

OSWEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT’S GOODREADS REVIEWS:

For casual readers and bonafide bookworms alike, GoodReads users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, find their next favorite book, and much more.


Here are some other great websites and links that provide updates on new arrivals, reading recommendations and current best seller lists.

WHAT ARE YOU INTERESTED IN? GENRE RESOURCES

  • All About Romance: Over 7,000 romance novel reviews, with new ones added every week.
  • Fantastic Fiction: Information on 350,000 books and more than 30,000 authors! Includes information on genres, series, and read-alikes.
  • Stop, You’re Killing Me!: A resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books organized alphabetically by author and character. Entries contain links to author websites and lists new books and series titles with publication dates.
  • The Poisoned Pen: Published by an independent bookseller, this site focuses on mystery book lists, mystery conferences, and award lists.
  • NPR Book Concierge: Recommendations from National Public Radio’s staff and trusted critics.
  • National Book Award: Honors the best fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature and young people’s literature published each year in the U.S.
  • ALA Alex Awards: Annual Award from the American Library Association given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.
  • ALA Notable Books for Adults: The American Library Association annually provides the nation’s readers with 25 very good, very readable, and very important fiction, nonfiction and poetry books.
  • ALA The Reading List: Highlights outstanding genre fiction that merits special attention by adult readers.

WHAT SHOULD I READ NEXT? HELPFUL WEB SITES FOR FINDING YOUR NEXT READ

  • KDL “What’s Next”: Hooked on series? Let the Kent District Library site help you read a series in the order the books are written and discover new series.
  • New York Times Bestsellers: Find out weekly what is new in the world of fiction and nonfiction for hardbacks, paperbacks, and ebooks.
  • Publishers Weekly: Find book news, author interviews, reviews, bestsellers, and much more on this site.
  • Talking Books: Illinois organization which provides talking books for anyone unable to read regular print because of low vision, blindness, or a physical disability. Talking books are mailed free to and from library patrons, wherever they reside.

LOOKING FOR BOOKS ON A SPECIFIC TOPIC? READING LISTS BASED ON THEMES

BOOK PUBLISHER SITES