Books & More


Apply online to receive a Library Card Number that you can use immediately to access our eCollection and public computers.  This card number is good for 2 years.   (Customers age 13 and up are invited to apply online.)

Visit our Start Here page for more details on obtaining a Library Card.


search the catalog

We have over 1,000,000 titles in our catalog. Start searching for your next read today! You can place holds on titles and request to pick them up at any of our locations.

can’t find what you’re looking for?

  • Submit an Inter-Library Loan Request HERE and we’ll see if we can borrow it from another library system.
  • Or, click HERE to suggest that we purchase a specific title.

available soon titles

Find out how to get in line first for upcoming popular titles! Place holds on upcoming “Available Soon” titles. These titles may not have been released yet, but you can save your place in line by placing them on hold. You will be notified when the title has arrived at your pickup location.

new books

Certain popular books are set aside in the “New Books” section. Find all the hot titles HERE. Place a hold and pick them up at your nearest library.

memphis reads – staff picks

Library staff members contribute reviews, essays, and news items about titles in the Library’s collection and raise ideas, questions, and concerns for discussion.

reading lists

Not sure what to read next. Browse these lists of best-sellers, award winners, and titles just added to our catalog. You can check our catalog straight from these lists or browse similar titles.


book sizzle e-newsletter

Have suggestions sent directly to you each week. Book Sizzle is a weekly newsletter for anyone who loves to read. This includes links to new titles added to our collection as well as links to weekly best-sellers and more. Sign up here:

books and authors (gale literature)

Books and Authors answers the age-old question, “What do I read next?” Search and match reading interests to books, authors, genres, or topics.

Video Tutorial

Photos of authors from Bookstock 2019. Photography by Andrea Zucker.

bookstock annual book festival

Each April we host the Bookstock Book Festival for all ages with various events throughout the day including author talks, local author meet and greets, music, food, and more.

book sales (friends of the library)

The Friends of the Library supports the Library. You can support Friends by patronizing one of their various book selling ventures. They have huge book sales each October and May. They also sell books throughout the year in the Second Editions book store and online at Amazon. Visit HERE for more details.

library book clubs

Find all the information you need about starting and sustaining your own book club as well as a directory of book clubs that meet at the Library.

Books in a Bag

books in a bag (adults and teens)

Books in a Bag is Memphis Public Library’s value-added service for our book club patrons! The program is a one stop shop for all of your book club reading and discussion needs. Each bag also includes: 10 copies of one title; Booklet with background materials; Author biography; Discussion questions; Advice on how to start and sustain a book club.

wypl book readings

Listen to books being read on the air by volunteers at FM 89.3 WYPL (STREAMING HERE):

Book Talk Blog

book talk author interviews

Listen to author interviews at FM 89.3 WYPL (STREAMING HERE). Podcasts of interviews are available HERE.


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