How to Find That Book You've Spent Years Looking For

Between libraries, the web, and rare book stores, near-forgotten books are easier than ever to find.


| November-December 2003


Searching for a book you remember reading as a child, college student, or happy dropout, but haven't seen anywhere since? On the Web, there are now numerous ways to expand your hunt beyond Amazon. Abebooks is a consortium that connects you to thousands of used-book stores around the world. Another search site is the Berkeley-based Bookfinder.com. You can also search a growing number of individual stores online, including the Portland-based Powells and Bolerium Books in San Francisco, which specializes in rare books on labor issues and radical history.


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Meanwhile, your local library can be a great help, too, thanks to a practice called interlibrary loan. Libraries across the country will lend you books and other materials, creating a vast collection that's easy for you to access. Here's how: If you don't find what you're looking for in your library's catalog, ask a librarian to locate it elsewhere in the huge national loan network. Tell the pros as much about the book as you can. Title and author are most important, but publisher and publication date (or even a good guess at it) can be helpful too. They'll do the rest.

KitKat
7/17/2018 4:35:15 PM

Around ten or eleven years ago, my mom had this book that was a huge anthology of folktales, myths, and legends from around the world. The cover is the goldish, yellow cover with intricate designs on it with a set of eyes at the top. The title was something like 'Can You See Me?' and I can't find it ANYWHERE. I remember one of the legends was about a troll or an ogre guarding a bridge names Onigoru or Anigoru (something like that). Unfortunately, we lost the book and haven't found it since. I would like to buy this book as a gift for my mom for her birthday because it means a lot to us.


KitKat
7/17/2018 4:34:30 PM

Around ten or eleven years ago, my mom had this book that was a huge anthology of folktales, myths, and legends from around the world. The cover is the goldish, yellow cover with intricate designs on it with a set of eyes at the top. The title was something like 'Can You See Me?' and I can't find it ANYWHERE. I remember one of the legends was about a troll or an ogre guarding a bridge names Onigoru or Anigoru (something like that). Unfortunately, we lost the book and haven't found it since. I would like to buy this book as a gift for my mom for her birthday because it means a lot to us.


KitKat
7/17/2018 4:34:28 PM

Around ten or eleven years ago, my mom had this book that was a huge anthology of folktales, myths, and legends from around the world. The cover is the goldish, yellow cover with intricate designs on it with a set of eyes at the top. The title was something like 'Can You See Me?' and I can't find it ANYWHERE. I remember one of the legends was about a troll or an ogre guarding a bridge names Onigoru or Anigoru (something like that). Unfortunately, we lost the book and haven't found it since. I would like to buy this book as a gift for my mom for her birthday because it means a lot to us.