While reading thru the Underground New York Public Library (see below), I noted that its founder, curator and photographer, Ourit Ben-Haïm, offers the opportunity to either “read” or “borrow” each title mentioned in the posts. I’m going to try to do the same for any book linked to on any of my posts using  “buy” and “borrow” options.

The Buy link will take you to Indiebound, an online site that will help you find the title at an independent bookstore near you or nearby your zip code. I’ve been using this service as a first option. In a case where the book is not listed there, I’ll turn to Powells Books, an independent resource which has an extensive inventory of new, rescued, and out of print books – or AbeBooks, a sizable marketplace for independent booksellers that carry everything including first editions and rare titles. One day I have hopes of posting my own collection there.

The Borrow link will take you to WorldCat, a global resource that will help find the title you want at any library based on your zip code. You’ll find lending access to print books, CDs, DVDs, music, and downloadable audio books. There’s even an “Ask A Librarian” feature. The upsides – it’s free, easy to resource your title, and will get you outside into your community. The downsides – can’t think of any. And yes, they do have an app for that.

These have also been posted to the sidebar. If you have any other resources to recommend, please suggest!

Hope you take advantage of the services here – see you in The Stacks!

Exterior detail of the Kansas City, MO, public library parking garage…

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