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MatchBook - Ignite Your Love of Reading!


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Did you just finish reading a book and are not sure what to read next? No problem! Take a few minutes to fill out the form below and let the library help you. You will receive a personalized list of authors and titles recommended just for you.

Unlike Amazon or Goodreads, your recommended list will be prepared by people and not by machine algorithms. Be forewarned that some of the choices may be quirky, adventurous, whimsical, or all the above.

Complete and submit your reading profile below. The more information you give us, the more we can match your tastes with books curated just for you.


Submit My Reading Profile

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Meet the Librarians

Librarian Erin Moore


Juvenile Literature, YA Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Society & Culture

Matchbook Team - Amanda


Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Graphic Novels, LGBTQ+, Literary Fiction, Folklore and Retellings

Photo of Library Assistant III Shampree Fritz


Graphic Novels, Manga, Anime, LGBTQIA, Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy

Librarian Vanessa Gempis


YA Literature, Women's Fiction, Manga, Romance, Self-Development


Librarian Dana Sanchez


Graphic Novels, Mystery, Psychological Thrillers, Historical Fiction

Librarian Adrianne Peterson


Film/Cinema, Travel, Fitness, Suspense, Self-Development, Fiction

Librarian Steven Roman


Fantasy, Science Fiction, Classics, Graphic Novels, Horror, Speculative Fiction

Photo of Maureen, MatchBook Team


Audiobooks, Mystery, Young Adult Fiction, Own Voices


Photo of librarian Kelly Verheyden


Picture Books, Juvenile Fiction & Non-Fiction, Audiobooks

Photo of librarian Kristina Garcia


Historical Mystery, Catholic/Christian Fiction, Biography

Picture of MatchBook staff, Bonnie


Visual Arts, Art/Architecture, Social Sciences, Adult Non-fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Environmental Sciences, Graphic Novels

Matchbook Team - Pauline


Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Speculative Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Children's Picture Books


Photo of Dustin, Matchbook Team


Classics, Young Adult Fiction, Music

Photo of Wendy, Matchbook Team


Children's Fiction and Nonfiction, Picture Books, Adult Nonfiction, Biographies

Photo of Sandy, Matchbook Team


Classics, Dystopian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Cooking, Political Science, Travel,  Music, Children's Books

Photo of Isabella, Matchbook Team


Classics, Diverse Literary Fiction, Graphic Novels, Picture Books, Juvenile Fantasy


Photo of Carina, Matchbook Team


Fantasy, Science Fction, Horror, Mysteries, Classics, LGBTQ+ Fiction, Psychology, Sociology, True Crime, Political Science, Cooking, Wellness & Health

Photo of Mary, MatchBook Team


Adult: Historical Fiction, Nonfiction, Audiobooks; Children's: Picture Books, Nonfiction

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Romance (YA, LGBTQIA+, and All Sub-genres), Folklore/Fairy Tale Retellings, Fantasy, Cozy Mysteries, Witchy/Occult (Fiction and Nonfiction)

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Juvenile/Children's Picture Books and Fiction, Adult Fiction (Romance, Suspense, Thrillers), Adult Nonfiction (Sports, Sociology, Personal Development)

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Adult Nonfiction, Biography, Fiction & Literature, Philosophy, History, Classics 

Photo of MatchBook staff, Peggy


Adult Literary Fiction, Classics, Women's Literature, Contemporary Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoirs, True Crime

Photo of MatchBook staff, Joslyn


Graphic Novels (all ages, but especially J fic and YA fic), LGBTQIA+ (all ages, fiction and nonfiction), Picture Books, Easy Readers, Juvenile Fiction, Manga, YA Fiction


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate in MatchBook?

Anyone residing within San Diego County is eligible to request a MatchBook personalized reading list.

When can I expect a response for my customized reading list?

You should receive a response within 7-10 days after you submit your MatchBook request.

Who is creating my personalized reading list?

San Diego Public Library staff with knowledge and expertize in multiple subjects will create your personalized reading list.

How many titles should I expect on my customized reading list?

We will provide around five (5) titles for you to consider and enjoy.

How will you send my customized reading list?

We will reply using the email address you provide in your request.

Will you put the books on hold for me?

We will not automatically put the books on hold for you. Once we reply with your personalized reading list, you may place holds on the items yourself using the library's catalog, or contact us at or (619) 236-5800 and we will place holds on the items for you.

How often can I request a tailored reading list?

Patrons may request up to one tailored reading list per week. If you’re a parent requesting a list for multiple children, please contact us at

Why so many questions in order to create a book list for me?

The more details about your reading preferences that we have, the more we can match your tastes with a list of books tailored just for you.

Why is the library doing this?

We believe that part of the San Diego Public Library’s mission is to foster and build communities around the love of reading. Just as our San Diego Public Library staff provides reading recommendations to library users in person and over the phone, MatchBook is our way of extending that service online.

Will my information be kept confidential?

Your reading profile and the books you request are private matters which shall be kept confidential.

Contact Us

For more information, contact us at For other events at the San Diego Public Library's Central Library and 35 branches, or to search for materials in the Library's catalog or to find links to numerous additional resources and programs, please visit, or call the Library at (619) 236-5800.