Links for Libraries: Circulating Board Game Collections

Interested in starting a new board collection at your library or improving your existing collection? Here are several links to help you on your way!

Information on the Massive Growth of the Tabletop Hobby:

Gaming site Shut Up and Sit Down’s presentation: Board Gaming’s Golden Age
The Guardian: Board games’ golden age: sociable, brilliant and driven by the internet and The rise and rise of tabletop gaming
CNBC: Millenials are driving the board games revival
Vice: It’s Official, Everyone: Board Games Are Cool Now

Popular Websites on Board Games in General:

Board Game Geek, boardgamegeek.com/
This is the most comprehensive database and community forum for board games.

r/Boardgames, www.reddit.com/r/boardgames/
This friendly subreddit is great for connecting with other gamers, finding out about upcoming titles, Kickstarters, and much more.

Shut Up and Sit Down, https://www.shutupandsitdown.com/
An extremely popular board game review site.

 

Sites That Regularly Cover Board Games in Libraries:

Stuffy Library, stuffylibrary.com
The site you’re reading right now! This site covers library, board game, and board game design topics. 

Board in the Library, boardinthelibrary.com/
A fantastic site from John Pappas, who’s created a ton of information for starting a library board game collection.

 

Advice and Best Practices From Other Libraries:

Small Boxes Big Fun: Starting a Board Game Collection

Programming Librarian: Program Guide: Circulating Board Game Collection

Cosplay, Comics, and Geek Culture in Libraries: Bring Board Games To Your Library: To Circulate or Not To Circulate , and What Board Games are Circulating at My Library

Teenbrarian: Board Games!

ILA Reporter: Is Your Library a “LOT?”

Audio Recorders to Zucchini Seeds by Mark Robison and Lindley Shedd 

Learn How to Play Games Here:

Watch It Played, https://www.youtube.com/user/WatchItPlayed
This YouTube series walks through the rules for tons of games in a profession concise format.

Tabletop, http://geekandsundry.com/shows/tabletop/
Many people’s first introduction to modern gaming, this show is great at showing the feel for many gateway games.

 

Some Libraries that Circulate Board Games :

(Let me know if a library that circulates board games is missing.)

Anderson Public Library
Auglaize County Libraries
Delaware Public Library:
Elmhurst Public Library
Hartford County
Licking County
Urbana Free Library, IL

 

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