Get us in your inbox

Search
NEWSLETTER_NYCK_20200922_02-NYPL-2048x1536
Photograph: Shutterstock

You can now get a personalized book bundle from the NYPL

Don't know what to read next? The NYPL will curate a batch of books just for you.

By
Shaye Weaver
Advertising

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.)

RECOMMENDED: You can now download over 300,000 books from the NYPL for free

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).

NYPL reopening
Photograph: Courtesy NYPL

"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."

Most popular on Time Out

- The most haunted places in NYC
- This Google doc shows all NYC restaurants and bars with heaters
- The absolute best pizza in NYC
- Here’s how to track your mail-in ballot this year in NYC
- The best Halloween events in NYC for 2020

Want to know what’s cool in the city before your friends do? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest and greatest from NYC and beyond.

Popular on Time Out

    Latest news

      Read next

        Advertising