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Determining Availability of Books

It is a very good idea to verify the availability of a book before proposing it as a meeting topic; a book that is out of print, or very expensive, or difficult to locate will almost guarantee that the meeting will fail since few people will have read the book and discussion will be minimal.

The availability of a book basically depends on how easily it can be found locally. If enough copies can be borrowed or purchased for a reasonable price without having to travel too far or investing too much time in hunting for the book, the book should be considered sufficiently available to justify using it as a meeting topic.

The tabs below give some suggestions about places where books can be found, some of which will not be obvious to most people.

Important: If you find that any of the information on this page is not accurate when you try to use it, contact the webmaster. Be sure to mention the corrections if you know them!

In addition to the London Public Library, London has additional libraries which may be able to help with obtaining a book that is otherwise difficult to find.

Both the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College have their own libraries. While those institutions typically only lend books to their own staff, students, and faculty, you may know someone in that category who can help you borrow a book. They may also have provisions for outsiders to have borrowing privileges.

There may be other smaller libraries in the area as well and some of them may allow you to borrow from them. If you become aware of any such institutions, please contact the webmaster.