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.

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Summer reading challenge Epic Summer Reading Quest

Read books, complete quests, win prizes

The royal heir is missing.

The woods are dark and unsafe.

A dragon is rampaging across the lands.

Someone needs to save the kingdom and it might as well be you!

This summer, embark on an epic quest to explore new worlds through books.

You are in control of your destiny

Choose your quests carefully. Follow the prompt to complete the quest; for example: Travel the haunted woods by reading 5 horror books.

You may complete each quest once; you may not use the same book to complete more than one quest. (Maximum 13 entries per person.)

Send us your completed quests before September 10th to be entered in a prize drawing.

Questions? Comments? Contact us at wilscirc@umn.edu.

Paper copies of the Epic Summer Reading Quest will be available at Wilson, Walter, Health Sciences, and Magrath Libraries. Or, download the Epic Summer Reading Quest handout and print from home.

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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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