How to Find That Book You've Spent Years Looking For

Between libraries, the web, and rare book stores, near-forgotten books are easier than ever to find.


| November-December 2003


Searching for a book you remember reading as a child, college student, or happy dropout, but haven't seen anywhere since? On the Web, there are now numerous ways to expand your hunt beyond Amazon. Abebooks is a consortium that connects you to thousands of used-book stores around the world. Another search site is the Berkeley-based Bookfinder.com. You can also search a growing number of individual stores online, including the Portland-based Powells and Bolerium Books in San Francisco, which specializes in rare books on labor issues and radical history.


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Meanwhile, your local library can be a great help, too, thanks to a practice called interlibrary loan. Libraries across the country will lend you books and other materials, creating a vast collection that's easy for you to access. Here's how: If you don't find what you're looking for in your library's catalog, ask a librarian to locate it elsewhere in the huge national loan network. Tell the pros as much about the book as you can. Title and author are most important, but publisher and publication date (or even a good guess at it) can be helpful too. They'll do the rest.

BritneyTalley
5/22/2018 10:40:49 AM

I read a book when I was like a kid I'm 27 the it goes something like there was an old man he had to daughter's one was nice in the other was not so nice there was a boy a magical boy who can turn into many different things in he set out to find a wife so he ran across to beautiful girls in on there daily tasks he began to test the girls to see which one he will choose to be his wife he was able to turn into a snake an old lady in a little boy so as the girls set out on there dialy journey they began to see people in things in he was testing the girls the nice did all nice things to help him in the not so nice sister denied him in was very rude with no care at all so on the last day he came to the girls as a king ready to pick between the two of them to be his wife jus as the not so nice sister thought he was going to pick her he chose the nice sister that gave him an apple when he was a snake ..she also gave him water when he was old lady because he was magical in can turn into many things so she became his wife in they lived happily ever after in his kingdom ...I think one sister name was Gabriel


J
5/22/2018 4:43:56 AM

i read a book when i was in high school 10 years ago. i think it was about some gifted special kids who had mental abilities. they were being kept in a laboratory/glass room. i think they escaped. that's all i remember, hence me being here. someone please help remember name.


J
5/22/2018 4:43:48 AM

I read a book when I was in high school 10 years ago. I think it was about gifted children with mental abilities, who were kept in a laboratory/ glass room. I think they somehow escaped. can't remember, hence me being here.