Popular Reading Collection Opens in O'Neill Library

By Margie Battaglia Popular Reading

Tucked away near the first floor entrance is a collection of books that we are currently calling the popular reading collection. It is a rental collection of bestsellers, mysteries, romance novels, biographies, graphic novels, humor, self-help, and popular nonfiction. The collection was the idea of the Student Library Advisory Group and fills the need that some students have to be able to browse current popular books unrelated to class work and their wish to be able to curl up with a good book to take their mind off of their academic responsibilities. Like listening to music or watching a video.

There are approximately 300 books in the collection and each month new titles will be added and those that have not circulated will be sent back to the vendor. The books can be checked out for 28 days other information about checking the books out is located in the Level 1 display.

Popular Reading

Popular Reading Shelf
Photo by Kevin Tringale

So far the six books that have been checked out the most include That Old Cape Magic (Russo); How Starbucks Saved My Life (Gill); The Gates (Connolly); When You are Engulfed in Flames (Sedaris); Perfect Life (Shattuck); and Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang (Handler).

Staff responsible for coordinating the collection will soon unveil a way for students to have input into the monthly selection of titles. Look for updates on the Libraries' web page as well as on Level 1 near the collection.

Margie Battaglia, Head, Access Services, O'Neill Library

Cover photo, Laura Mujendra, '11, browsing Popular Reading Collection. Photo by Kevin Tringale