Books and More
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.
Here is more information on requesting and checking out material:
- Check Out Fees and Loan Periods
- Children’s Book Bundles
- Limiting Search Results
- My Lists
- Overdue/Hold Notifications
- PIN Information
- Placing Holds
- Renew Items
can’t find what you’re looking for?
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.
Visit our Available Soon page for more information.
Certain popular books are set aside in the “New Books” section. Find all the hot titles, place a hold and pick them up at your nearest library.
Browse our New Books in the Catalog.
Select what you like to read and we’ll send a monthly email with suggestions. We have lists for various genres, age groups, or best-seller lists
Visit our Recommends Signup page.
Library staff members contribute reviews, essays, and news items about titles in the Library’s collection and raise ideas, questions, and concerns for discussion.
Visit our Memphis Reads blog.
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.
Visit our Reading Lists page.
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.
Visit our most recent Book Sizzle e-newsletter.
Sign up to receive these weekly emails:
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.
Visit our Bookstock page.
Visit our eCollection for details on the various ways to access eBooks, eAudio, and eMagazines.
Visit our eCollection page for more information.
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.
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.
Visit our Library Book Clubs page for more information.
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.
Visit our Books in a Bag page for more information.
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