Personalized Book Match Service to Help the Community with Reading Recommendations

Personalized Book Match Service to Help the Community with Reading Recommendations

We are helping book lovers answer the age old question of “what to read next” with their new, personalized service called Book Match.  To use the free service, patrons simply answer a few quick questions on an online form on the library system’s website about preferred reading formats, a description of recently enjoyed books, genres/books you do not want to read, and more.  Library staff will receive an email and begin an in-depth search to compile a list of suggested reads within a few days and send the patron a personalized email curated with a list of books and descriptions. 

The service is available online at www.handleyregional.org/bookmatch or patrons can inquire in person at all 3 library locations.


The library system reports that last fiscal year, patrons borrowed over 650,000 books, digital materials, and physical items from all 3 libraries, including their 24/7 Digital Library. 

“We are always looking at additional ways to serve the community with library services,” says John Huddy, Director of Handley Regional Library System.  “Providing personalized service while connecting patrons to the content they love is an important part of the library experience.  We love to do it!”

“We are excited to help patrons with this custom service,” says Adrienne Davis, Adult Services Division Head for Handley Regional Library System.  “Whether you are looking for your next great read in print, eBook, or audiobook, we can help suggest several titles you’ll enjoy based off the preferences you send us.”