Answered By: Signe Boudreau
Last Updated: Sep 02, 2020     Views: 402

Books, DVDs, and other library materials are currently only available through our paging service (you request the item online and we retrieve it for you). See the link below on how to request items.

In the library catalog, you can use the filters on the left-hand column to to find books labeled as "COMMONS" or "LOVE Graphic Novels" to see narrow down the search to more of our "fun" books. However, we still have lots of fiction and poetry available in the main Love Library collection.

Although we are not the public library when it comes to finding books you would read "for fun," we do have titles that would be considered "popular fiction."  However, they can be a bit challenging to find. . .  

The Learning Commons in Love Library has a small collection of popular fiction and nonfiction books. The Curriculum Collection on Love North 2nd floor has children's and young adult fiction. The 2nd floor Link also houses our Graphic Novel Collection. More fiction can be found in the Love North basement using the call numbers below.

Because we use the Library of Congress Classification System, fiction books are organized by the author's country of origin and time period during which the book was written and then by the author's last name. In addition, literary criticism and translations of specific titles are shelved side by side with the novels. 

Here is a brief breakdown of the call numbers for fiction from various countries:

PS 3550-3626 American
PJ 7800-8517 Arabic
PR 6050-6126 British
PR 9198.2-9199.4 Canadian
PR 9205-9570 Caribbean, African, and Asian literature written in English
PL 2832.5-3207 Chinese
PQ 2660-3807 French
PQ 3809-3999 French written outside of France
PT 2660-3807 German
PT 3808-3971.2 German written outside of Germany
PJ 5035-5055 Hebrew
PQ 4860-5904 Italian
PK 5401-5471 Indian literature, regardless of language
PL 821-889 Japanese
PL 992-998 Korean
PQ 9262-9411 Portuguese
PQ9421-9999 Portuguese written outside of Portugal
PG 3475-3550 Russian
PQ 6650-7011 Spanish
PQ 7020-8929 Literature written in Spanish outside of Spain

You can also search the library catalog to see if we have specific books by searching for a specific author or title.

If you want access to a more extensive popular fiction collection, the Lincoln City Libraries (the public library system in Lincoln) are a great resource--and the main branch (Bennett Martin) is just down the street at 14th & N streets.