I am expecting a word like bovine (of or related to cattle) and sartorial (relating to tailoring, clothes, or style of dress).

My intention is to to use it like:

Goodreads helps me to fulfil my ___ needs.

My _____ needs have not yet been met this month.

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    Probably folial or foliar, but those are a bit close to foliage, which is only loosely related to books. I can't think of a sentence where such a word would actually be required; generally "of books" or "in books" would be said. Could you have a look at the SWR tag info and its checklist, please? A sample sentence really helps.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Jul 12, 2017 at 17:00
  • There's the prefix biblio- which is "of or related to books"... but I can't find a standalone word with the same meaning.
    – Hellion
    Commented Jul 12, 2017 at 17:05
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    "literary" is frequently used although some may argue that not all books are 'literature' (if they have a narrow sense of the word) or that some 'literature' might include magazines or periodicals(in the broad sense of the word)
    – Tom22
    Commented Jul 12, 2017 at 17:06
  • ... Do you have a sample sentence where you would like to use this word?
    – Hellion
    Commented Jul 12, 2017 at 17:06
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    @Hellion: It doesn't have its own separate entry, but OED mentions bibliophagist under its entry for the biblio- prefix. So if OP considers himself to have a "voracious appetite" for books, and doesn't mind employing a noun adjunct form, My bibliophagist needs must be satisfied. Commented Jul 12, 2017 at 17:33

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I think you could stretch the word bibliophilic to fit your sample sentences. It's not a direct equivalent to sartorial etc, but I think it would be well understood in the context. One definition is "having, or pertaining to, bibliophilia (the love of books)."


@Tom22 is right in the comments. I think "literary" is the closest you can come, but refers to literature ("written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit." according to Google) which is not exactly the same as books.

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    Please never use code markup on ELU: we have no computer code here.
    – tchrist
    Commented Jul 12, 2017 at 18:38

The word Bookish fits your request precisely. Meriam Webster gives the first definition as:

1: a : of or relating to books

The one caveat I would give is that, I have often heard it used to mean learned, or fond of reading. But those definitions are generally used when describing a person as bookish. I don't think that it would be ambiguous in your example sentences.

It isn't as grand sounding as bibliophilic, but it is more general.

  • For balance, the list-by-frequency-of-usage dictionaries Collins and RHK Webster's give that sense last, while AHD, Lexico, CD, Macmillan and Wiktionary see it as best omitted. Commented May 24, 2021 at 15:31

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