Books & Literature

Find your next favorite book and catch up on new releases.

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Connect with books you'll enjoy using NoveList!
Use this service to:
  • find titles similar to ones you have read
  • discover everything an author has written
  • figure out what order to read books in a series
  • explore books with specific settings, protagonists or plots

Learn more in this handy NovelList Handout.

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Find your next favorite book! Search by topics, reading level, genres, ethnicity of authors, read-alikes and more.

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On enki library, you can find encyclopedias; recovered classics; short stories & essays; and Library Journal SELF-e Select: a best-of self-published collection!

Next Reads Newsletters

Sign up for these email newsletters for new book lists and reading suggestions.

Mystery, fantasy, biography, travel, books for kids and more!

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Access thousands of ebooks & audiobooks. Download, listen or read on your computer, e-reader, smart phone, Kindle or tablet. Explore the collection and find your next favorite book to go.

Check out this page for support.

OverDrive is not available at library catalog only machines.



Enjoy thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to smartphones, tablets and computers. hoopla digital is offered at no cost to patrons via browser, Android and IOS.

To begin, you'll need a Berkeley Public Library card. Then go to and:

1. Follow their fast and easy sign-up process.

2. If you want hoopla on the go, you can install their free mobile app on your iOS or Android device.

That's it! No holds, no waiting! Once you sign in, you are set to begin borrowing. You can borrow up to 7 items per month. Borrowing times are 21 days for audiobook, eBook and comics, 7 days for music and 3 days for video.

Explore and register at Questions? Check out

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Safari Books Online

Search, browse and read technical books online.

Subject areas include operating systems, programming languages, database technologies and more.

Oxford English Dictionary

The online version of the Oxford English Dictionary contains the complete text of the 20-volume 2nd edition and all work to date on the 3rd edition including regular updates and revisions.

Research over 1000 years of English through entries for 600,000 words that include etymology, definition, date of origination, pronunciation, quotations and cross-references.

Learn a new "word of the day" and more!


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Research authors and their works, literary movements and genres. With Artemis you will find full texts of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information and overviews.

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Features Something About the Author, African American Literature, Drama for Students, Short Stories for Students and many other resources.

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An extensive compilation of literary commentary that represents a wide range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras & genres. The database consists of content from: Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism.

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Link+ is an interlibrary lending service that gives you quick access to millions of books.