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Books and libraries web links

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Books

British Council Literature
Collaborates with writers and literature partners in the UK and globally.

Fantastic Fiction
Information on more than 10,000 authors and over 200,000 books.

Guardian Books
The book page of the Guardian newspaper, with articles, extracts and events.

Literature map
The tourist map of literature, find new authors in a fun way.

Love Reading
Although basically a bookselling site, there's a great deal of general book information here on genres, book awards, reviews and featured books.

National Literacy Trust
A website promoting literacy by providing a support network and having practical initiatives.

Poetry Society
For the study, use and enjoyment of poetry.

The Surrey fiction book map
Which major works of fiction are set in Surrey and where.

Whichbook
Whichbook gives readers an enjoyable and intuitive way to find books to match their mood.

Libraries and online catalogues

The British Library
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. This site lets you search its catalogue of over 12 million items.

Library Hub Discover
The Library Hub Discover website provides free access to the online catalogues of major university research libraries in the UK and Ireland, plus the British Library and the National Library of Scotland.

The Library of Congress
The website of the Library of Congress, the national library of the USA.

The M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries
This website gives simultaneous access to over 150 college and university catalogues in the London area.

Royal National Institute for the Blind library catalogue
The RNIB library catalogue gives you access to over 170,000 items available for loan and/or sale in audio, large or giant print, braille and Moon.

WorldCat
WorldCat is an online catalogue covering 10,000 libraries worldwide. The libraries listed are predominantly American. In the UK WorldCat can be useful for tracing book titles and journal articles.

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