How to Find That Book You've Spent Years Looking For

Between libraries, the web, and rare book stores, near-forgotten books are easier than ever to find.

| November-December 2003

Searching for a book you remember reading as a child, college student, or happy dropout, but haven't seen anywhere since? On the Web, there are now numerous ways to expand your hunt beyond Amazon. Abebooks is a consortium that connects you to thousands of used-book stores around the world. Another search site is the Berkeley-based You can also search a growing number of individual stores online, including the Portland-based Powells and Bolerium Books in San Francisco, which specializes in rare books on labor issues and radical history.

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Meanwhile, your local library can be a great help, too, thanks to a practice called interlibrary loan. Libraries across the country will lend you books and other materials, creating a vast collection that's easy for you to access. Here's how: If you don't find what you're looking for in your library's catalog, ask a librarian to locate it elsewhere in the huge national loan network. Tell the pros as much about the book as you can. Title and author are most important, but publisher and publication date (or even a good guess at it) can be helpful too. They'll do the rest.

8/18/2018 5:52:06 PM

Aloha all, mmm - this is a bit vague as follows: -all I remember is reading a book in the late 1980s as a child. I lived in England at the time. The narrative was incredibly fast paced. -I recall the lead character's name was Ozzy [maybe Ozzy Osmund]; however, Google searches have yielded nothing, except the obvious Black Sabbath Ozzy, lol. -the story was just about a protagonist who always drove fast cars, and always chatted girls up. -He seemed to go from one adventure to another in life, and always got into scrapes that he could get out of. -I do not remember if he had a nemesis, or a character that was always chasing him. Any help would be very much appreciated. My thanks.

Kayla Williams
8/17/2018 9:36:33 PM

The book is about a woman who moves to a house and starts hiring people to do repairs the repairman is friendly and I think warns her about her neighbor after a couple encounters she finds out he’s a vampire he wakes his friend from a deep sleep because someone is coming to kill them and then they run I think they meet a witch on their way and then the final showdown is in a church

Kayla Williams
8/17/2018 9:30:35 PM

A book where a Woman moves to a new house and start repairs the repair man warns her about her new neighbor and after a while she meets her new neighbor a couple of times and then find out that he is a vampire at some point he ends up waking up his friends and his deep sleep because someone is trying to kill them and then all three of them go on the run I think at some point they meet a winch and then the ending scene is in the church I read it as an ebook I believe