We’re huge supporters of local libraries here at Riptide, and periodically we like to stop and give shout-outs to the various libraries who’ve stepped up to support their LGBTQ communities. While we’re unable to know where our print books end up, we can see where our ebooks end up, and to that end, here’s a list of library systems where you can borrow at least ten different Riptide LGBTQ books through Overdrive!
And remember, if you don’t see your local library system listed here, you can always request titles. Most libraries are very receptive to better serving their community’s needs.
Libraries with over 100 LGBTQ titles in circulation:
Seattle Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library
Digital Downloads - A Library Collaboration (Ohio)
Greater Phoenix Digital Library (Arizona)
Libraries with 50 to 99 LGBTQ titles in circulation:
Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative (Florida)
Kentucky Libraries Unbound
Wisconsin Public Library Consortium
Libraries with 20 to 49 LGBTQ titles in circulation:
Cuyahoga County Public Library (Ohio)
Indianapolis Public Library
Arapahoe Library District (Colorado)
Pima County Public Library (Arizona)
Boston Public Library
St. Louis Public Library
San Fransisco Public Library
Tampa Bay Library Consortium
King County Library System (Washington)
The Ohio Digital Library
SEO Library Center (Ohio)
Sno-Isles Libraries (Washington)
Virginia Beach Public Library
Rangeview Library District (Colorado)
Media on Demand (Illinois)
Multnomah County Library (Oregon)
Western Australia Public Libraries
Brooklyn Public Library
Pikes Peak Library District (Colorado)
Live-brary.com (New York)
Libraries with 10 to 19 LGBTQ titles in circulation:
Auckland City Libraries (New Zealand)
Ontario Library Service Consortium (Canada)
Chinook Arch Regional Library System (Canada)
Calgary Public Library (Canada)
Henrico County Public Library (Virginia)
Fresno County Public Library (California)
Daniel Boone Regional Library (Missouri)
Capital Area Library District (Pennsylvania)
Kansas City Public Library (Missouri)
Online Media of Northern Illinois Libraries
Oshawa Public Libraries (Canada)
Burnaby Public Library (Canada)
Libraries Southwest Consortium (Louisiana)
Onondaga County Public Library (New York)
Allen County Public Library (Indiana)
Plano Public Library System (Texas)
Wellington City Libraries (New Zealand)
South Australia Public Library Services
Pinnacle Digital Consortium (Illinois)
Central Texas Digital Consortium
Don’t see your library here? Hit up their circulation desk and request titles! All of our books are available to libraries at full wholesale through Ingram (for print) and through Overdrive, Smashwords, BiblioBoard, and Baker & Taylor (for ebooks).
And if you do see your library here, remember–the best way to get more LGBTQ books into circulation is to borrow what’s already there! Check them out, tell your friends, spread the word!
And to the many wonderful, supportive, pioneering librarians who work so hard to bring these books into your collections–we thank you with all our hearts.
It has just now come to my attention (I seriously don’t know how this happened without my knowledge) that Auckland Libraries in fact stocks two copies of Against the Current.
So, now, if you want to get your hands on a physical copy, you can just head on down to your local library and request it (unless you happen to live out Henderson-ways, in which case, the request is unnecessary - they seem to both be based there).
Hey I just got into hand lettering. Any materials/books you can reccomend? Thanks (:
I’m so glad you asked about books! This is what I’m currently reading (all borrowed from Auckland central library because I can’t afford to buy them all).
New Ornamental Type by Steven Heller & Gail Anderson (it has a great section on hand lettered type and has a lot of pictures so you can see what they’re talking about)
Just My Type by Simon Garfield (this is a great read about the history of type and how it has affected us in this modern age)
Type Matters! by Jim William (I want this book! It’s a guide of sorts to typography and it is laid out in such a lovely way, I feel like I would go back to this book every now and then to remind myself why typography is amazing)
Other than books I would suggest visiting typography blogs, there are so many just on Tumblr. I also get my inspiration from shop signs all around town, especially hand-painted signs. Good luck with your hand lettering adventures :)