If you love reading and books as much as we do, then you're always on the lookout for your next great read.  Below are multiple resources to help you discover new books along your reading journey.

Adults  |  Kids & Teens  |  New Books  |  eBooks, eAudiobooks, & eMagazines  |  Worldcat Discovery  | 
Additional Online Resources 

Adults - Find a Good Book to Read!


NoveList Plus

NoveList Plus logoNoveList Plus is the perfect way to explore books, new and old:

  • Browse tons of recommended reading lists and award winners. 
  • Dive deep into your favorite genres with many lists based on sub-themes.
  • Search an author's name or the title of a book you liked to find read-alikes.
  • Tell NoveList what you liked about a book (pacing, tone, characters, and more) to get more specific suggestions.




NextReads Genre eNewsletters

Get reading suggestions via email from the award-winning book experts at NoveList (see above). Choose from more than 20 NextReads newsletters, each one focused on a genre or topic.

Click here to sign up to receive reading lists right to your inbox for the genres and subjects you like to read, along with new gems, bestsellers, and related titles, all of which will be linked to the SWAN Catalog for checking availability and placing holds.  



Book Concierge:  Staff Recommendations

Not sure what you're looking for?  Just give us some info about what you like and let staff recommend some books for you!  Click on the banner below to learn more and request some suggestions:

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What Next?  Popular Book Read-Alikes

Staff also put together several Read-a-Likes based on some popular books over the last few years. Click here or the image below to see our lists:

What's next? Click for Read Alikes


Staff Reads

Curious about what staff likes to read, watch, play, and listen to?  Click here or the image below to discover what staff are reading on a monthly basis:




Find Something for the Kids


Novelist K-8 Plus

NoveList K-8 Plus logoWith Novelist K-8 Plus you can find book suggestions for kids & teens in grades K-8, including reading lists for fiction, non-fiction, and read-alikes. Search or browse by grade-level, Lexile score, or interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find information about teaching with books and engaging young readers.



Bag o' Books & More!  Staff Recommendations

Not sure what books or movies to get for you kids?  Tell us a little about what they like and let staff put together a Bag o' Books & More!  Click on the banner below to learn more and request a Bag:

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Early Reader Collection

Figuring out the right books for your kids when they are learning to read can be difficult.  Click the banner below to visit our page about our Early Reader Collection, which includes info about our collections, colored labeling system, and the Fountas-Pinnell guided reading level system:

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The Newness Never Stops!


EPPL Bestseller's Club

bestseller club 400wDo you want to make sure you have your favorite author’s newest books on hold? Let us keep track of your them for you!

Join our Bestsller's Club and when your favorite author publishes a new hardcover book we will automatically place a hold for you and notify you when the book is ready for you to pick up.

Click here to learn more and to sign up! 



Check Out the New Books Hitting Our Shelves

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eBooks, eAudiobooks, & eMagazines

Click a graphic below to go straight to browsing it's collection, or visit our eBooks & More page for more information, instructional guides, and app links.

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Find Books & More Outside of Our Library System

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Are you looking for a book, movie, or CD that is not owned by any libraries in our SWAN Online Catalog? Discover which libraries outside of SWAN do own the item using WorldCat. If you find an item you want to request, use our request form or contact us at 708.395.1217.



Additional Online Resources

Goodreads: Track the books you have read, are currently reading and want to read. Compare notes with friends. Rate books, receive recommendations, follow authors and read reviews. Add an Elmwood Park Public Library button to find out whether we own a copy of a book with one click. Follow these instructions to add the button.

Inkie: A free resource for local authors, it provides assistance with online creation and publishing tools. It also allows readers to access locally-produced content.

KDL's What's Next: Books in Series Database:  Maintained by the Kent District Library in Michigan, this database helps you search series fiction by author, title, or series, so that you can figure which book in the series you need to read next.

Library Reads: Librarians from across the country choose their favorite new books each month.

New York Times Best Sellers: The top of the sales charts for fiction, non-fiction, hardcover, paperbacks, e-books, young adults and more.

NPR Books: News, book reviews, author interviews and more from National Public Radio.

Open Library: This project from the Internet Archive makes many books available from the public domain and other sources. Look for books in the DAISY format, which are accessible to those with print disabilities.

Project Gutenberg: Free eBooks from the public domain. Titles include “Pride and Prejudice,” “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “A Tale of Two Cities,” “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” and more. Books in the public domain are also available for download in OverDrive.