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NoveList Plus
Database of fiction and nonfiction offering full-text reviews, Author Read-alikes, awards, theme-oriented book lists, Book Discussion Guides, Book Talks, and Feature Articles.

NoveList K-8 Plus
Database of fiction and narrative nonfiction titles for students in grades K-8. Search by subject, age, awards won and Lexile reading levels; read reviews and learn about the author.

New Titles
See what has just arrived at the Library!

Staff Picks
A selection of Bellingham Public Library staff-curated reading lists that are sure to please even the pickiest reader.

Can’t Find It?
If you have checked the library catalog and found that we don’t have the item you want, you can request it by completing our Item Request Form.

Bellingham Public Library Book Club Kits
Check out one of our many book club kits. Each kit contains 10 copies of the book and a reading guide complete with questions and background information on the author and title.

Bellingham Reads
Join the library’s book discussion group at 6:30 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Central Library.

Book Browse
Book Browse is an online magazine for booklovers – including reviews, previews, “behind the book” backstories, author interviews, reading guides, and much more.

A resource for all things literary. Whether you belong to a book club or like to read independently, this is your site.

Reader’s Circle
A book club networking site with listings for local groups and author events.

Reading Group Guides
The online community for reading groups. Book reviews, in-depth author profiles and interviews, excerpts of new releases, contests and more every week.

Whatcom READS!
A community-wide reading and discussion program to encourage all Whatcom County residents to enjoy the same book.

Alternative Library
A cooperative lending library and community center located in Bellingham.

Bellingham Little Free Libraries Map
A map of official (registered with http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/) and unofficial Little Free Libraries.

Gale Literature: LitFinder
Access literary works and authors throughout history, including full-text poems, plays, short stories, speeches, and more.

Gale eBooks
Explore this database of encyclopedias, reference books, and travel books within the Gale eBooks platform.

Book Riot
The largest independent editorial book site in North America and home to a host of media, from podcasts to newsletters to original content, all designed around diverse readers and across all genres. Strong resource for finding teen materials.

Epic Reads
A book finding tool provided by Harper Collins Publishers.

You’ll find pages for over 50,000 authors, with books listed in chronological order and grouped within series.

The largest social networking site for readers. Keep track of what you’ve read, are reading or want to read. Share titles with friends and get book recommendations from people you know.

Find movies, TV shows, music, podcasts, books, and more based on your personal tastes.

What’s Next
Search by author, title or series to find book series lists. This is the most comprehensive aid for finding information about series.

WorldCat connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.