Collection Development Tools

One of my favorite things to do in my job is to buy the books that our patrons will get to read. I love helping our patrons with all of their information needs, but deciding which books might be a person’s next favorite read is very exciting to me!

Here are a few of my favorite places to get inspiration:


Book Riot claims that they are “the largest independent editorial book site in North America, and home to a host of media, from podcasts to newsletters to original content.” There is a wealth of information available here. Some of it is designed specifically for librarians and some is aimed towards the reader. Either way it’s a great source to find out what people are talking about!


Book Page is a monthly publication distributed to libraries and bookstores all over the country. For a fee libraries can order multiple copies to give away for free. They are very popular at Monroeville! The website also provides reviews of recently published books and interviews with authors.

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And if you like to get Advanced Reader Copies be sure to sign up with Netgalley and Edelweiss+. These sites let you request ARCs of a variety of upcoming publications and provide reviews.

Tracy — Monroeville Public Library