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Popular reading

The popular reading collections offer a browsing collection of current popular literature for the use of the University’s faculty, students, and staff.

About the collections

The popular reading collections are maintained through a contract with Baker & Taylor’s Book Leasing program. The leasing program provides the ability to offer a continually rotating collection of the most noted in-demand literary book titles.

Wilson Library

The Robert and Virginia McCollister Collection for Contemporary Literature is located on the 1st Floor of Wilson Library.

Walter Library

The Walter popular reading collection is located in Walter’s Great Hall on the 2nd floor.

Magrath Library

The Magrath popular reading collection reflects subjects taught on the St. Paul Campus, as well as books across a range of fiction genres. It is located across from the service desk on the ground floor.

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Book matchmaking

Having trouble finding a book you really love? Looking for something fun or different in your reading life? Fill out a short form about your reading life and our expert book matchmakers will email you a list of three books from the University of Minnesota libraries that match what you are looking for.

Find a match

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Read This Book!

Lisa Von Drasek hosts Read This Book!, which features University of Minnesota librarians who review books from various genres, including

  • children’s literature,
  • cookbooks,
  • science,
  • mysteries, and
  • popular literature.

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