Reader Resources – Find a Good Book!

How to Place a Hold for Contact-Free Pickup

  • Search for the desired title in our online library catalog
  • Click on the desired title from the search results list
  • Click on Place a Hold
  • Enter your account information (you can use your library card number and your PIN, which is by default the last four digits of the phone number you provided to us)
  • Select Pickup Location from the drop-down menu (see below)  ↓ 
  • Click Submit Hold
How to place a hold
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Note: Select the library that owns the item as the pickup location:

  • In order to minimize quarantine periods for items and staff contact, the libraries will not be delivering items between locations at this time.
  • If you choose Scotch Plains as the pickup location for a Fanwood itemyou will receive an error message, and vice versa.
  • If an item is owned by the Fanwood Library, you must select Fanwood as the pickup location, and arrange for pickup at the Fanwood Library.
  • If you would prefer to see only items available at one particular location, you can set the library location for your search on the left side of the catalog. 

Further instructions on picking up your items.

Tips for browsing the library catalog

  • If you only want to pick items up from one library, you can change All Locations in the left sidebar so you only see titles from your preferred library.
  • Click on Format to narrow your results by item type (book, DVD, Audiobook, etc.)
  • Click on Collections to limit the results to Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, etc.
  • Sort by Publication Date if you want to see the newest titles first.
  • If you haven’t already limited your search to one library, in the search results, click View All Locations or All Copies to make sure the title is available at your preferred location.

Looking for your next great book to read? We’re here to help!

Get recommendations in your In-box!

  • Fill out this short form about your reading interests, and we’ll suggest some books from our collection that we think you’ll enjoy!

Online tools for book suggestions

  • Novelist Plus helps you discover books that are similar to ones that you have liked — both fiction and non-fiction. You can also search for books by combinations of theme, writing style, tone, and more. Start your search here, then log in with your library barcode number to access this resource:

  • Enter a title or author:
  • Booklist Reader is a digital magazine featuring book recommendations for readers and listeners of all ages. Booklist is a book-review magazine that has been published by the American Library Association for over 100 years.
  • What Should I Read Next? – enter a book you like and the site will analyse a database of real readers’ favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next. (No need to register.)
  • WhichBook lets you search by mood and emotion, world setting, character and plot, and more.

What is everybody reading now?

See selections from our Bring Your Own Book Club.

We always enjoy hearing your thoughts about what you’ve been reading–feel free to submit a brief review. With permission we may choose to share it on our social media!

Booklists from Adult Services

These lists link to the LMxAC catalog. Books not available at the Scotch Plains Public Library can be delivered from area libraries by placing a “hold.”

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Suggest a Purchase

Use this form to submit a request for the purchase of a newly-published book (print or electronic.)