BookBrowse For Libraries

About BookBrowse

BookBrowse is an affordable, reader-focused, and user-friendly readers' advisory resource and online magazine for both librarians and patrons alike.

Unlike the many databases that attempt to list all books regardless of quality, BookBrowse carefully sifts through the thousands of books published each month - saving librarians and patrons valuable time - and recommends only the best.

Exceptional books don't just entertain, they also engage, enlighten and make us step outside of ourselves. BookBrowse seeks out these books across a range of genres, both fiction and nonfiction, and links each book page to the corresponding book in the library's OPAC for one-click searching.

Our editorial focus coupled with our extensive reading group resources makes BookBrowse a particularly valuable destination for book club members and those who read to expand their horizons, as well as librarians responsible for collection development and book club organization.

Focusing on depth rather than breadth, BookBrowse provides a wealth of information, including:

  • In-depth reviews of the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction.
  • "Beyond the Book" articles that explore historical, cultural and contextual aspects of each featured book.
  • Thousands of handpicked read-alike suggestions, and hundreds of themed reading lists.
  • Extensive book club resources such as reading guides, top 10 recommendations and author interviews.
  • A link from each book to the relevant search result in your library's OPAC.
  • Previews of notable books publishing soon - available online or as a downloadable spreadsheet.
  • The BookBrowse Review - BookBrowse's twice-montly online magazine.
  • And much more. See full feature list.

Two Subscription Options for Public Libraries:

BookBrowse offers some content for free, but full access is only for subscribers. To fit the varying needs of public libraries, BookBrowse offers two types of subscriptions:

  • In-Library
    This option provides access to all of BookBrowse's resources as noted above within library buildings. BookBrowse recognizes the library's IP numbers so no login is required. This will be of particular use for librarians responsible for readers' advisory, collection development and book club organization; as well as patrons looking for their next great read.
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  • Remote & In-Library Access
    This option provides unlimited in-library and remote access for all librarians and patrons. Patrons who read to expand their horizons, and particularly book club members, will love having access to BookBrowse's easy-to-use resources to guide them to the books they'll love.

    No login is required within the library as BookBrowse recognizes the library's IP numbers. For remote access patrons, libraries have the choice of authenticating patrons themselves (e.g. EZ Proxy) or BookBrowse can handle the authentication (based on standard parameters of the library's card numbers). We recommend the latter as BookBrowse's unique login-free access system allows remote patrons to view much of BookBrowse without the need to login. It also enables libraries to link directly to any page on BookBrowse.
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Individual Memberships

Subscriptions for one named subscriber are available at

Academic Libraries

BookBrowse's focus is on book for adults with coverage of some YA titles. We count many academic librarians as individual subscribers and some high schools and colleges find a subscription providing access for all students to be useful.

If you are interested in a subscription for your library, first join as an individual member. If you find us sufficiently relevant that you'd like to extend access to all your students, contact us for a quote and we'd be glad to refund your individual membership fee when setting up your library subscription. Equally, if you find your individual membership not of value, we offer a money-back guarantee at any time.

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