What is Wowbrary?

Wowbrary was created to make public libraries more visible and accessible to everyone.

Wowbrary regularly informs you by email and/or RSS about your chosen public library’s newest books, movies and music. We make it easy for you to browse through the latest additions and place a hold on a new title. This is a free user service supported by grants, donations, sponsorships, book sale commissions and volunteers.

Wowbrary is a project of Interactive Sciences, Inc., a California nonprofit 501(c)(3) public-benefit corporation that uses technology to help with social needs. Beginning in 2001, Interactive Sciences has been building experiments to research creative approaches to better connect people with the many resources available via their libraries. Wowbrary is the first of these innovations to be released for general use. As avid library fans, the staff and volunteers at Interactive Sciences are thrilled by the great interest it has aroused.

What are the Top Choices?

Libraries often add dozens or hundreds of new items each week. To keep the Wowbrary email newsletters you receive from being too large, each email shows you at most 20 "Top Choices." These are selected automatically to be the best-selling of the new items your library added that week but with no more than two per genre, when possible, so there's lots of variety. The process also favors items with full descriptions over others. All of the week's new items still appear in the categories on the left, so if you want to be sure to see each new DVD, for example, just click on that category.
Please note that we use an automatic process to select the Top Choices to avoid any political, religious, or other human bias. We do not then review the list to remove items we think might be controversial because that too could introduce bias.
Public libraries and our non-profit organization are committed to serving all society and to the principle of free speech and expression of ideas. That means from time to time each of us sees books at a library that we don't agree with. It is our hope that encouraging everyone to read and explore ideas more fully will help us as individuals and together to improve society.

What users like about Wowbrary

  • Knowing about all the newest books, movies, and music
  • Ease, convenience, speed of browsing
  • Categorization
  • It comes automatically
  • It makes the library more visible, transparent

What users say about Wowbrary

"The library is more current than I thought and gets books of interest to me."

"I love getting up Saturday morning and seeing what is new for me to get from the library."

"This has replaced my book store browsing; it's so easy to use."

"I've learned a lot about my library."

"I'm very impressed and very happy with what I see ... it is a lovely site and absolutely engaging."

"A wonderful service! Spread it to other libraries."

"The library is coming into the 21st century."

How often will I receive a newsletter?

The Nobles County Wowbrary Newsletter will be sent to all registered patrons every Wednesday morning.

What else does Wowbrary offer?

Wowbrary also compiles "Top Lists" of the latest new and poplar books based off of Goodreads ranking. If you follow the Nobles County Library's Facebook page, there will also be weekly newsletter animations showcasing all that has arrived each week.

How do I sign up?

It's really easy. Simply type your email address below and hit the Submit button and you are done! You should receive a confirmation email once we receive your email. Quick and painless.

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What is up with the "Support the Nobles County Library for free by clicking here when starting your Amazon shopping" in the top right of the newsletter?

Wowbrary comes from a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that hopes to help you benefit even more from all the wonderful books, movies, and music available to you.

Wowbrary is able to be provided to us thanks to volunteers, funds they raise, and sponsorships from libraries.

As an Amazon Associate, Wowbrary earns from qualifying purchases. Every purchase through that link also provides the Nobles County Library with a small commission that can be used to purchase new materials.