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Finding fiction (and other books) to read for fun

Just looking for something to read for pleasure? Start here!


Image: a tranquil beach with a person's feet and an open book in the foreground

(Photo credit: "Reading on the Beach," by Courtney McGough on Flickr.)

It's one thing to find sources for your research. But what if you just want an interesting novel (or nonfiction book, or book of poems) to read in your spare time? It can be hard to browse the library stacks if you're not looking for a specific author or title. Fortunately, there are a lot of resources out there to help you find books for leisure reading as well as academic reading.

Happy reading! If you have trouble finding anything in our collection, you can always ask a librarian.

This guide is divided into the following categories:

  • Finding books at the NYU Libraries
  • Online sources of book recommendations
  • Finding free e-books
  • Finding books at other libraries

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