Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | June 21, 2010

Book-lovers Digital Delight

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a book lover and you’re an Internet user.  So I’d like to highlight another one of our amazing subscription online databases: NoveList, a terrific resource for book lovers.

 To get there, go to our home page at  On the left-hand navigation bar, click on “For Book Lovers.”  You’ll see NoveList on the list; choose the link that says “for access outside the library” if you’re working from home.   You’ll need your barcode number off the back of your library card to log in.

First off, please notice a box on the right-hand side, near the top of the page, that has a link called “Tour NoveList.”  That’s the best place to start.

 And there are wonders to behold.  You can learn more about books you love, or find new books to read.  For example, let’s look up To Kill a Mockingbird (which is coming up on its 50th anniversary this year). 

 First NoveList comes up with a list of books.  It lists several books about the book, as well as a biography of author Harper Lee, even before it lists our target.  Here’s the record.  At the top, you see the publish date, the Lexile rating (a measure of reading difficulty used in schools), and a 5-star popularity rating.  And notice all the links at the bottom where you can click to learn more! 


Another fun place to play is the Advanced Search feature.  Look up at the top of the page on the right-hand side.  You’ll see a link for Home and one for Advanced Search.  There, you can set all different sorts of filters – type in a subject, for instance, or a genre – and then filter by age range, or author’s gender, or many others.  Then push ‘Search’ to see what kind of books NovelList recommends for you!

 You may find yourself playing for hours.  Don’t blame us.

And if you’d like some help getting around NoveList, just ask any staff person; we’ll be glad to help.
                  –Mary Beth


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