Sonoma County Library


Books: Libraries, Bookstores & Publishers


Sonoma County Library WorldCat
Search thousands of libraries worldwide and place requests for items.

Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County
Delivers donated books to children, seniors, and others throughout Sonoma County.
Quick search of thousands of libraries worldwide that participate in the OCLC service.

Santa Rosa Junior College
See the SRJC website for hours.

Sonoma State University
How to get a Sonoma State library card if you're not a Sonoma State student

Sonoma County Law Library
Open to the public; for legal research.

Celia Gurevich Library, Santa Rosa
Open to the public; strong in Judaica and local history. See the Congregation Beth Ami website for hours.

UC Berkeley OskiCat
Search Berkeley's library catalog.

California State University Libraries
Catalog of the libraries at CSU campuses statewide

California State Library
The State Library in Sacramento is part of the State government (not CSU)

California Library Directory
Contact information for any library in California from the State Library. With links to the State Library's catalog, and other CSL information.

Library of Congress
Links to the American Memory Project, the Thomas government web site and our nation's premier research library.

LibWeb: Library WWW sites


Book Tours & Readings

Copperfield's Bookstores
Their schedule of events & readings is available from a link on the left.

News & Events
From the Northern California Booksellers Association

Bookstores & Booksellers Online

Local Sonoma County Bookstores

Copperfield's Bookstores
Local independently owned bookstores in Sonoma County; information on readings and other events, staff picks and featured items.

A place to search for and order books from your local independent bookstore. Sponsored by the American Booksellers Association. Enter your zip code to find the nearest participating store, or enter the name of your favorite bookstore to see if they participate. See what's a bestseller at the independent bookstores.

Northern California Booksellers Association
Extensive links to local booksellers, lots of information for booksellers and book buyers. Also the former home of Holt Uncensored Pat Holt's column on books, authors and publishing. Besides the archives of her bi-weekly column, there are letters from readers and the ongoing spoof of the book industry, "Remainders of the Day."

Other Northern California and general bookstores - online and off

ABE Books
Online clearinghouse for used, rare and antiquarian books.
Online superstore features books, movies, music, and other merchandise.

Barnes & Noble
Books, textbooks, e-books, movies, music for sale. Also features "book clubs" or blogs on various genres and subjects.

Better World Books
Donates a portion of profits to literacy programs. Buy used books, or create a buyback account to sell your used books.
This is the mother lode - this search engine searches multiple booksellers and book listing services (here's a list), and it provides a fast and informative way to search for used, rare and out of print books across multiple services, all under one clean and useful interface. Their database includes new books, and university press books at cost.

The homepage resource for Booksellers from the American Bookseller Association.

Boston Books
Wonderful selection of used and antiquarian books. Very good selection of older and historic titles in Women's Studies and the history of feminism.

A Different Light
Specializes in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and feminist books.

Moe's Bookstore
A treasure trove; subject lists of used/antiquarian books available for searching.

Powell's Books, Portland OR
Large large selection, lower shipping costs than other stores, and you are supporting one of the best browsing bookstores in the world. Interesting staff reviews online.

Sells ebooks by independent authors and publishers. Prices generally range from about $1 - $15, with many titles available free. Browse by subject/genre using the links in the left menu.

The Special Needs Project
Online bookseller with reviews on topics from aging to Down syndrome, epilepsy and vision problems. Many titles in Spanish.

Book Reviews

NoveList Plus
This database includes book reviews, book lists, and discussion guides for adult and children's fiction and non-fiction. (You need your Sonoma County Library card number to use this from outside the library.)

Magazine Articles
This database contains the full-text of book reviews from a wide variety of general periodicals and specialty journals, including library journals. Use "book review" as one of your search terms. (You need your Sonoma County Library card number to use this from outside the library.)

Newspaper Articles
This database contains the full-text of book reviews from a newspapers including the Press Democrat, San Francisco Chronicle, and New York Times. Use an author name or a book title in your search. (You need your Sonoma County Library card number to use this from outside the library.)

Book Beast
Reviews, profiles, author interviews. From The Daily Beast.

The Millions Blog
Reviews and remarks on books and publishing, along with many links to other literary blogs.

The Threepenny Review
Wonderful original criticism, fiction, poetry, memoir, and essays, with an archive of articles from past issues.
The most comprehensive collection of online reviews of current titles, varying widely in quality.

More than 1,500 book reviews in all genres, this online magazine features Reading Lists which contain lists of Series and Sequels ("what comes next" lists for popular authors) and advice on what to read based on what you already like - this reader's advisory service is created by librarians.

New York Review of Books
Search selected articles from the archives from 1995 to the present, but full text archives for the years from 1963 are currently being built, and you can go in and explore.

New York Times Book Reviews
Excerpts from the daily reviews and Sunday Book Review, often with links to first chapters, provided by the publisher.

Children's Literature

Children's Literature
Monthly newsletter edited by librarians now online, with reviews of other media as well.

The Children's Literature Web Guide
Reviews and info on Children's Literature.

Publishers & Catalogs

American Association of University Presses
The combined catalogs of AAUP members.

Publishers' Catalogs Homepage
Links to many presses.