​Lost Titles, Forgotten Rhymes:
How to find a novel, short story or poem without knowing its title or author:
'Locating a novel, short story, or poem without knowing its title or author can be very difficult. This guide is intended to help readers identify a literary work when they know only its plot or subject, or other textual information such as a character's name, a line of poetry, or a unique word or phrase' http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/lost/

Project Gutenburg:
A collection of free eBooks can be found at http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

Rare Books:
'The "Rare Book Room" site has been constructed as an educational site intended to allow the visitor to examine and read some of the great books of the world. This site contains about 400 books that have been digitized to date. These range over a wide variety of topics and rarity'. http://www.rarebookroom.org/

Book Valuations:
Quite often we get requests for book valuations. As you know, we don't do valuations ourselves, but National Library's web site has a very handy list of dealerswho do, already compiled.

Literary Analysis
In my youth high school and University students of English literature cribbed understanding of the elderly texts they were set to read, with their inexplicable social settings and apparently affected language, from Cole's Notes and Spark's Notes.

These were little booklets summarising and explaining the books. They now appear to exist online as SparkNotes and CliffsNotes (the US version of the Canadian Cole's Notes), with the content given away free (you can buy electronic or audio versions, and SparkNotes has extra teen-oriented content designed to make the pages sticky - there may be some advertising). Your set book or play can be searched or browsed and substantial summaries of the plot - chapter by chapter - themes and motifs are provided.