The New York Public Library just launched a new service called "Shelf Help," where cardholders can request personalized book bundles based on their preferences.
Book-lovers can fill out the online form, call Ask NYPL at 917-ASK-NYPL, or drop off a request form at one of the system’s open branches and get five titles selected by expert librarians based on the cardholder's interests. (The forms need to be quarantined for 96 hours before staff can fill requests for safety purposes.)
Once the bundle is ready for pickup, the NYPL will send a signal (an email) letting readers know it's time. The books will already be checked out to borrowers when they arrive at their nearest location.
The Shelf Help program was launched this week to help people find more books they'll connect with, much like the NYPL Recommends Twitter account that works with people to find the right reads on Mondays (3-4pm) and Fridays (10-11am).
"There is a wonderful moment of serendipity when a reader finds a new book they love and it is this experience the Library is seeking to recreate with the launch of Shelf Help," said Lynn Lobash, the associate director of readers services at NYPL. "Although we’ve had to alter our services to support patrons during the pandemic, our librarians remain eager to share their knowledge and engage with readers in new and dynamic ways, which includes continuing to provide their expert guidance and love of books with New Yorkers of all ages."
Introducing Shelf Help, our new personalized book selection service! Tell us your interests and our expert librarians will pick five books just for you. Learn more: https://t.co/zi0BJRWaQ7 pic.twitter.com/Q9lJyE9MIt— NY Public Library (@nypl) October 26, 2020
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