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Stock Picks

Askews and Holts Library Services maintain the only multi-copy, multi-category showroom facility in the U.K, at our premises in Preston, Lancashire. 

We make available, specifically for stock selection, an exceptional range and depth of stock, profiled to meet the needs of all our library customers. Our stock consists of both newly published material and essential back stock, allowing customers to carry out stock replenishment as well as choosing new titles. 

Our stock is laid out conveniently in library format with paperbacks and hardbacks shelved together, either A to Z by author or in Dewey sequence. 

We have clearly separated stock such as teen, graphic novels, biographies and picture books to further aid our showroom visitors. 

A team of qualified personnel are on hand during the visit to provide guidance and advice during the visit.

Virtual Showroom

For customers who are unable to take a trip to our Showroom, our virtual showroom makes an equally effective selection tool. 

The showroom search option provides virtual access to our full stock holdings, with jacket and internal images, full bibliographic content and an OPAC link to check your current holdings, this feature allows selections to be made, from your own workplace, with the minimum of effort. 

To book a visit, please contact: 


Waterstones Facility

If you are not able to travel to our showroom facility, you may be interested in Askews and Holts Library Services partnership with Waterstone’s. 

Since 2003 we have offered our customers the opportunity to make selections from 70+ key stores throughout the U.K, and believe that through this partnership we are able to play to the strengths of both companies. 

We facilitate the visit on your behalf and Waterstone’s in-house customer care team host the visit on the day. We receive your selection from Waterstone’s and deal with the subsequent invoicing, servicing, packing and delivery.  

We provide all services to contractual standards including full EDI and website order tracking.  

  To book a visit, please contact: