Library Tips: Finding a Vacation Read

Posted by Carolyn Caffrey Gardner

Whether you want to call it reading for pleasure, leisure reading, or reading for fun, reading is great way to relax over the upcoming semester break. In addition to being an enjoyable pasttime, studies show that reading can improve emotional intelligence (in the case of literary fiction), be associated with creativity, and have other cognitive benefits. The USC Libraries primarily support research collections; however, we do offer fun collections better suited to pleasure reading, too.

Finding Bestsellers: The McNaughton Collection in Leavey Library is located in the second-floor lobby and contains all sorts of new and popular reading materials. It contains recently published fiction, graphic novels, and non-fiction titles. Each book is available to be checked out for two weeks at a time, and these books are updated frequently, so check back often. Search for specific titles here.

For the Scientist Within: Science & Engineering Library has a curated collection of science-themed reads. You can find these materials right next to the reference desk. In the library catalog this location is designated with "Reading room area" as in the example below. Just like the McNaughton collection, these books are available to check out for two weeks at a time.

Finding Graphic Novels: From Bryan Lee O'Malley's Seconds to Alison Bechdel's Fun Home you can find lots of graphic novels within the stacks of Doheny Library. Most graphic novels will be found on the second floor in the PN6700 aisles in Doheny. You can also find graphic novels in the Architecture & Fine Arts Library in the PN6700 and NC1400 sections.

Have questions? As always, feel free to ask a librarian. For more library tips check out our post archives.