Books & Reading

What to Read Next?

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.

Book Group Resources

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.

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

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.

Local Resources

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.

Free to Bellingham Public Library Cardholders

ProQuest Learning: Literature
Critical inquiry into the world of poetry, prose, and drama. Explore over 180,000 full-text literary works, plus criticism, essays, author biographies, reviews, and interviews.

Research Library: Literature & Language
Research literature from around the world with articles from scholarly journals.

Recommended Websites

Goodreads
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.

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