Where is the fiction area in the library? Do you have fun books?


Virtually all our fiction is in Wilson Library. If you know a specific book or author you are looking for, search MNCAT Discovery to find the exact location. Or stop by the first floor of Wilson Library for the Robert and Virginia McCollister Collection for Contemporary Literature.

Walter Coffee Shop

We have small popular fiction collections in Wilson Library, first floor and in Walter Library, basement coffee shop (These items are not in the library catalog so we suggest browsing the shelves). You can also find fun book recommendations by watching our Read This Book! videos or on the From Our Collections boards on the Wilson Library Pinterest Page. Public Libraries are also good alternative. The public libraries nearest to campus include Southeast Library (Minneapolis) and St. Anthony Park Library (St. Paul).

Where is most of the fiction located in Wilson Library?

Unlike a bookstore, the books are not shelved by genre (e.g. mystery, science fiction), and instead the location depends on the nationality and time period of the author. For American authors, try the 810 to 813 call number range (4th floor of Wilson), and the PS range (2nd floor). For British authors, try the 820s (3rd and 4th floor) and the PR range (2nd floor). For other nationalities (and for other subjects), see our browsing guide.

How can I find fiction with certain theme or dealing with certain subjects?

If you are looking for fiction (novels or short stories) on a specific theme, you can try doing a library catalog search such as: baseball and fiction or doing a subject search with fiction as the subheading, such as "farm life--fiction," "fathers and sons--fiction." Tip: We have specific tools for finding short stories and we also have online literature databases.


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