If you’re a reader and haven’t used NoveList yet, prepare to meet your new best friend. NoveList is a subscription-based resource that the Waukegan Library uses to help connect readers with new books. It’s completely free for you to access here inside the library, and best of all, if you have an active Waukegan Library card, you can access NoveList from home! (If you don’t have a Waukegan library card, don’t fret. You can access NoveList from inside the library, and staff members are more than happy to use it to help you find something to read.)
Here’s how it works:
- Go to eResources on the main menu bar, and click on Databases from the drop down menu. Scroll down until you see NoveList. (Or just click here!)
- If you’re using this at home, you may be asked to enter your library card number at this point.
This is the NoveList home page:
From here, you can search for a book, author, series, or keyword, or you can begin browsing for an interesting title. Check out the dozens of professionally-created book lists on the left for all age levels, or use the featured scrolling carousels to find books with specific characteristics. Offbeat and action-packed? Ominous and intense? Romantic and bittersweet? NoveList has you covered!
It’s also really easy to find readalike options for a particular book, author, or series. For example, if you search for The Likeness by Tana French, you’ll notice several options below the plot summary for title, author, and series readalikes. It’s one of the best ways to discover titles similar to your favorite books, and it’s one of the many ways the Reference staff can help you find something new to read.
Still not enough reading ideas for you? Check out the menu bar at the top of the screen. Hover over the Browse By option to find different ways to discover new books, including audiobooks and award winners. Or try the Quick Links option to find book discussion guides, hundreds of author readalike articles, and more.
If you’re not comfortable using NoveList on your own, feel free to stop by the library and chat with someone at the Reference desk to learn how to use NoveList in person. Let us know what you think, and let us know if we can help you find your new favorite book!
—Katie, Adult Reference