If you’re a bibliophile, the building and maintenance of your personal library, and the quest to find more and new interesting books to add to your shelves, is a process that never really ends. Every time you walk into a bookstore, it seems, you walk out carrying an armload of books you hadn’t even considered buying earlier in the day. However, you may find that no matter how hard you look, and no matter how many used bookstores you comb through, there are some tomes that simply continue to elude you. Whether they’re old history books that feature a comically outdated point of view or an out-of-print fiction book from an obscure author you love, it can be maddening trying to find a book that simply no one seems to have. If you want to cut down on the amount of frustration you feel over that, you should turn to the Internet and see if you have any more luck there.
eBay is Still Great For Finding Rare Books
If you’re prepared to spend money hunting down those volumes you’re missing, eBay is a great place to start. Know exactly what you’re looking for to start, and be prepared to do several different searches to try and find what you’re looking for. Even though the site has become overrun by sellers who do massive amounts of volume, there are still a number of individual collectors selling rare books on the site. Not only that, but some larger used bookstores actually digitize their inventory and list them on sites like eBay. Maybe you’ve never been motivated to drive out of the state to find one of your books, and now you’ll never have to be; it’s a simple matter of looking for an eBay listing you can start bidding on, or a fellow bibliophile to whom you can send an offer.
Check Libraries All Around You
If you’re willing to travel to libraries outside your immediate area, or if you want to try and request a loan from a distant library, try using WorldCat.org. WorldCat collects the listings of tens of thousands of libraries and allows you to quickly search them for those strange books you’re having trouble finding. The result will display the nearest libraries to you which have those books in their collection, and you’ll even be able to find out how to contact the library. This is a great tool if you’re only looking to conduct research, as WorldCat also accesses academic and university libraries, which are often free to use and open to the public. If you’ve exhausted all your options in the local shops and you’re having trouble finding what you want on online shopping websites, try expanding your search to the libraries all around you.
Book Trading Forums Could Be a Treasure Trove
What’s better than getting to know fellow book lovers and swapping your favorites back and forth through the mail? If you’re really having a tough time finding what you want to read, consider finding a forum online for rare books or book trading and posting a topic about what you’re looking for. Even if no one on the forum has a copy available to lend you, they might be able to point you in the right direction for purchasing or borrowing it from someone else. You could also find someone who is just as interested in the same books as you, which could lead to a mutually beneficial relationship where you help each other fill out one another’s collections. The potential for fun and new discoveries is pretty great and makes signing up for a forum community as part of your search well worth your while.