Information for Book Reviews




Reviews are by invitation only. If you are interested in reviewing, please contact the Reviews Editors.


Policy on Books, CD-ROM, and Software Reviewed and Books Listed

A. The Library Quarterly will review books in the following categories:


  1. Books obviously addressed to problems of librarianship and library education, both current analyses and histories.
  2. Books on indexing, bibliography, classification, documentation, and information science.
  3. Books on management theory, operations research, and technological developments in relation to libraries and other information systems.
  4. Books on publishing and bookmaking, historical and contemporary.
  5. Reports of library surveys.
  6. Biographies of librarians and leaders in the library movement.
  7. Selected bibliographies, indexes, and library catalogs, when they are either monumental or novel. e.g., Tables du Journal Le Temps Die; illustrierten Handschriften der Burgerbibliothek Bern.
  8. Books on mass communication and analyses of censorship and control, audience, content, channels, and effects.
  9. The social setting of librarianship, including selected books on the history of scholarship, educational trends and goals, community analysis and planning, etc.
  10. Broad profiles of intellectual, social, and political aspects of a country or region.
  11. CD-ROMs and Commercial (i.e., not beta versions) software related to the above topics are candidates for review as well.

B. Books in these categories not judged suitable for reviewing may be listed.

Instructions for Book Reviewers

Reviews submitted to The Library Quarterly are copyedited for conformity with press style as outlined in The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed., 2010). Since Press deadlines do not allow sufficient time for the editor to query reviewers on questions raised by the copy editors about the manuscripts, it is important that the reviews contain certain essential information that is normally available only to the reviewer. Reviewers are requested to include in their reviews the following:

  • page numbers (in parentheses) when using quotations;
  • quotation marks around chapter or section heads when these are referred to in the exact language used in the book;
  • author's name(s), title, place, and date of publication of other works cited. This information should be incorporated within the text of the review if possible, rather than in footnotes. Footnote may be used for lengthy bibliographical references or for explanatory passages incidental to the text, if their inclusion would, in the opinion of the reviewer, seriously disrupt the continuity of the text. If used, the footnote should be typed on a separate page at the end of the text;
  • first name or initials of every person cited for the first time;
  • the full title of organizations cited for the first time. If the organization is known by a common acronym (e.g., ALA, ASIS, IBM, etc.) the acronym should be identified with the full title in the first reference. [e.g., " the American Library Association (ALA)"];
  • reviewer's name and institutional affiliation—including name of division, department, or library—immediately following the text. If unaffiliated, give city of residence.

Reviews should be typed, double-spaced (including heading), on 8–1/2 x 11-inch white paper, leaving margins of at least 1 inch at the sides and bottom and 1 1/2 inches at the top of each page. Pages (except the first) should be numbered consecutively in the top right margin. Uncommon margins, notations, or symbols should be identified in pencil in the margin.