I previously posted this about a year ago, I thought this might be useful as some of us have a long list of books in our to-read list thanks to Perfect Picture Book Fridays. Hope you find this helpful.
Most libraries will allow you to do an on-line search through the catalog and reserve books. When the books become available you will be notified, usually via email. This is a great way to get the books you want without having to spend a lot of time searching through bookshelves.
I live in a big city which has multiple library satellite sites, hence a lot of times the book I want isn’t at my local site. But I can request the book and have it shipped to my local library. Often times while I am reading about books on other web sites, I’ll just click over to my local library site, look up the book and request it. A few days later on my way home from work, I’ll stop by my local library, run to the holdshelf to pick-up my books, and do self-checkout all in less than 5 mins (usually right before closing time).
If your library system doesn’t allow you to request books that are on the bookshelves, you may be able to call the library and request for a librarian to pull the book from the shelf and hold it for you. I discovered this was the policy at another library system I use.
See if you can do this at your library, it is a huge time saver and you “get the books you want”.
If you have any other tips, would love to hear them.