Books and Literature



  • BookBrowse – BookBrowse is an online resource for booklovers – including reviews, previews, “beyond the book” articles, author interviews, reading guides, and much more. NOTE: This database available at BML only.
  • NoveList Plus (EBSCO) – Provides multiple resources to find fiction and non-fiction titles.  Search by author, title, series title or keyword.  Results can be refined by genre, storyline, pace, tone, writing style, subject or location.  Users can browse book discussion guides and view lists of award winners.


  • Literature Resource Center (Gale) – Critical, biographical and contextual content comprised of full-text articles from scholarly journals, literary magazines and critical essays. Provides information on authors, their works, and literary movements.  Includes full-text and peer-reviewed materials.
  • Litfinder (Gale) – A resource for literary works including poems, short stories, novels, essays, plays and speeches.  Includes full-text.

«Useful Links»

  • – An Internet publisher of literature, reference materials and verse.  Works include World Factbook, Bulfinch’s Mythology, Harvard Classics, Presidential Inaugurals, Bartlett’s Quotations and more.
  • Bookshare – An accessible online library for people with print disabilities, providing access to over 370,000 accessible ebooks. The New York Public Library will provide a FREE Bookshare memberships to any eligible patron.  If a patron receives or is eligible to receive talking books from the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book library, they are also able to use Bookshare.
  • Folger Digital Texts – The texts of Shakespeare’s plays provided free of charge. Available to download or to view online.
  • – A site for readers and book recommendations, Goodreads users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, find their next favorite book, form book clubs and more.  NOTE: Registration required.
  • Library Reads – The top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love.
  • Long Island Reads – An Island-wide reading initiative since 2002.  Each April, during National Library Week, book lovers in Nassau and Suffolk come together to read the same book, participate in discussions of the selection and enjoy related events in their public libraries.
  • Talking Books – Nassau residents are eligible for both talking and Braille books through the New York Public Library’s Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library.  Information regarding eligibility, applying and registration is provided on the site.
  • WLIW’s The Book Club Show – A TV series for and about people who love books.