Reader's Advisory

What is Reader's Advisory?

Reader's advisory attempts to answer the question "What should I read next?" Reader's advisory uses a variety of different methods to search for titles that you might like based on everything from genre and topics to pacing, characters, and tone. Reader's advisory is also offered for non-print materials such as movies, audiobooks, and music. The Lake Bluff Library offers a variety of different ways for you to discover what to check out next.

Reader's Advisory at the Library

The Lake Bluff Library staff has a number of trained reader's advisors who are available to help you with your query. In a typical reader's advisory interview, a staff member will ask questions about what kind of book you're looking for, what other books you've enjoyed, and your reading likes and dislikes. Library staff will also create displays and bookmark handouts on selected topics or genres in order to highlight titles in different parts of the collection.

Reader's Advisory Blog

The Lake Bluff Library has a reader's advisory blog called Wandering Through the Stacks that offers reviews and read-a-like lists written by Library staff. Materials highlighted on the reader's advisory blog include everything from books and movies to music, video games, and eMaterials. The blog is updated on a weekly basis throughout the year.

Reader's Advisory Online

The Library also offers access to Novelist, a reader's advisory online database. Searching for a title on Novelist will give you a list of read-a-likes that can be further narrowed by topic, genre, tone, pacing, and a number of other categories. For more information on Novelist, please visit our Digital Resources page.

Reference Services

What are Reference Services?

Reference Services are all about finding information. Whether you need help finding resources for a research paper, the name of a nearby taxi company, or are just plain curious, the Lake Bluff Library's Reference Services will help you find an answer to your question.

Reference at the Library

The Lake Bluff Library staff has a number of trained professionals who can assist you with your reference query. Reference assistance is offered in-person or over the phone. The amount of time that it takes for us to find an answer to your query may vary depending on the amount of information available.

Reference Online

The Lake Bluff Library also offers access to online reference databases. These databases offer everything from encyclopedias to newspaper and magazine articles. If you have questions about these databases or would like help learning how to use them, please call the library or ask at the front desk. Reference databases are accessible using the Library's public access computers or the Library's wireless internet. Please note that you must have a Lake Bluff Library card in order to access these databases using your internet connection at home. For more information about our reference databases, please visit our Digital Resources page.