Introducing Personalized Reading Lists

Looking for a great book to read? We're here to help! Connecting readers with books to love is something we’ve been proud to do for a long time. And this week, we’re pleased to introduce a new online service that makes it easier than ever to request a personalized reading list.

Click here to access the request form. Let us know a little bit about your reading tastes – your favorite (and least favorite) books and authors, and what kinds of books you’re in the mood to read. A readers’ advisory librarian will create a custom booklist for you based on your responses. Your list will include up to five titles and will arrive by email within a week.

While you’re waiting for your list to arrive, you can take advantage of the other resources we offer for readers:

Online Booklists
Whether you’re interested in steampunk fiction, survival stories, business, or true crime, we’ve put together lists of great books with direct links to our catalog. Or visit our Books page for links to lists of books on order, most-requested titles, current bestsellers, and literary award winners.

Staff Reviews
To see what library staff members are reading, browse our Staff Reviews page. Sort the reviews by most recent, highest rated, or most discussed, or you can browse by genre or search for a specific tag. While you’re looking, be sure to leave your rating and comments when you come across something you’ve read.

Book Groups
We host book discussion groups at the Central library and several branch libraries. Check out the online schedule to see what these groups are reading. You’ll find lots of great titles – not only excellent literary fiction, but also some great mysteries, science fiction, and narrative nonfiction.

In Person
And don’t forget: one of the best ways to get great reading suggestions is to come in or call your local library and chat with a librarian. Don’t be afraid to ask…we love talking about books!

Written by Brett on December 3, 2012


Sally on December 4, 2012


You're kidding, right?! This is amazing!

james on December 4, 2012


Great service, and love the image in the blog!

Megan on December 6, 2012


What a fabulous service you offer! All the more reason to love DPL!

Anonymous on December 6, 2012


That's such a cool thing to offer! It's wonderful that the checklist on the form includes Teen/Young Adult. I'd like to add that DPL's website for teens has THE MOST AMAZING booklists. Teens (or other lovers of young adult fiction) can choose from a whole section of "If You Like..." lists and lists by subject. But there are even more than that. Also, teens can submit their own booklists with recommendations. Who better to recommend books to teens than other teens?


You're right, and thanks for bringing that up! DPL's redesigned teen site has some great lists and reviews. Definitely worth checking out. For anybody who's interested, here's the address:

Anonymous on January 1, 2013


I would like to be able to make a book list at DPL that would replace my "Want List" on Amazon. A place to store a list of books I read about that I want to read "someday". I do not see a way to do that. Am I missing something?


Good question! There is a way to make lists through our website. Here's how:
1. Sign in to your account. This is important...if you create a list without being signed in, it's a "Working List" that is not saved after you end the session or time out.
2. Access the online catalog and find the area called "My Lists" on the left side of the screen.
3. Click "Create New Saved List."
4. Read the disclaimer that appears and click OK.
5. Give your list a name (e.g. "To Read") and click "Create List."
Now when you find an item in the catalog, you can click "Add to List" and you will see a pop-up box that includes your list. If you like, you can make multiple lists. Please feel free to give us a call if you need any help creating a list. Here's our contact info:

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