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The UK's leading library supply specialist.

We are committed to providing all our customers with an exceptional service, offering an extensive suite of bespoke services designed to meet the specific requirements of public and specialist libraries across the UK and overseas.

Selection Support


Our website offers comprehensive selection and ordering tools for pre-publication, new and backstock Adult and Children's books and multimedia products. Also available are themed booklists, quarterly Adult and Children's newsletters, downloadable publisher activities and resources for reader development, book reviews from libraries and our qualified staff, MARC records and much more.

We encourage customers and our staff to suggest development ideas and our in-house web developers ensure the website is function-rich and easy to navigate.

Book Stock

DVD & Blu-ray titles

Music CDs

  • Full EDI integration with all Library Management Systems
  • Multiple search and filtering options including Dewey, genre, UKSLC, age range, Accelerated Reader, Key Stage, publication date, format, price and lots more
  • Full bibliographic content - UKMARC and MARC21 from BDS
  • Topical and themed subject lists
  • Reader Development resources
  • Professional book reviews and star ratings
  • Order tracking and Management Information

Supplier Selection

A range of selection services for Adult and Children's books, DVDs or CDs is available including our fully-managed Supplier Selection offering from our team of qualified librarians and book industry professionals, our unique customer-led online Cascade system via the Askews website as well as various standing order options.

Fully Managed

Our Supplier Selection service is offered by our team of qualified librarians and book industry experts for all Adult and Children's categories. We work with libraries to create a specification and manage the budget throughout the year. We can also create ad-hoc bespoke selections at any point during the year.


Our unique customer-led online selection tool allows the user to define stock and budget requirements at branch level. These automated selections run every month and can be adapted as required.

Standing Orders

Available for fiction authors, Mills & Boon, reference titles, Adult and Children's bestseller charts and prize shortlists.

Back Stock

For Adult or Children's stock gaps or revisions, this free online wizard creates lists of available titles from the user-defined criteria and allows the customer to allocate to branches within the tool or from the selected results.


The Askews website offers comprehensive listings, selection and ordering tools for DVDs, Blu-Ray and CDs. We provide full EDI, MARC records from BDS/West 10 and shelf-ready processing. Supplier Selection is also available.

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Reader Development

We work closely with hundreds of Adult and Children's publishers and key partners including The Reading Agency and Publishing Scotland to create topical and themed booklists, quarterly newsletters and reviews. Publisher resources and activities can be downloaded from our website.

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Customer Services

Our passionate and skilled UK-based Customer Services team ensures all enquiries are dealt with quickly and efficiently.