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Reed Library: Library Collections

Collections Overview

In addition to our main circulating collection and Reference Collection, Reed Library has several smaller collections for more specific patron needs:

  • Archives & Special Collections hold original historical material, available to researchers by appointment.
     
  • The Music Collection, located in the Reed Library mezzanine, holds books, scores, and vinyl records for students, faculty, and researchers in the music fields. DVDs are located on the Library's first floor; CDs are available by request from the Circulation Desk.
     
  • The New Books shelves, near the Circulation Desk, showcase recent additions to the Library's collection.
     
  • The DVD collection, across from the New Books shelves, includes over 1000 DVDs for research and entertainment.
     
  • The Microforms Room, on the first floor of Reed Library, houses microfilm and microfiche of newspapers, ERIC documents, archival material, and other periodicals and monographs, as well as machines to read and reproduce these materials.
     
  • The Juvenile Collection, on the second floor of the Carnahan-Jackson Center, includes books for readers from Pre-K to 12th grade, and resources for P-12 educators.
     
  • The Safezone Collection includes fiction, nonfiction, and DVDs of interest to LGBT+ patrons.
     
  • The Democracy 101 Collection includes fiction, nonfiction, and DVDs related to the Democracy 101 lecture series.
     
  • The Leisure Reading Collection, across from the microforms room, features popular fiction and nonfiction, including graphic novels, for pleasure reading.
     
  • The Literacy Collection, near the Reference Desk, features books from the Oxford Bookworms Library, with classic and original literature rewritten for English language learners.

With the exception of Archives & Special Collections, all of the Library's collections are available at any time the Library is open. If you have any questions regarding these or other collections, please ask a librarian.

New Books

The Library's newest additions to our circulating collection are displayed on the Library's first floor, opposite the Circulation Desk and across from the Reference Desk.

New books have the same loan periods as all other circulating materials.

DVD Collection

Reed Library offers a collection of nearly 1000 DVDs for educational and leisure viewing. The DVD Collection is located across from the New Books shelves, on the Library's first floor near the computers.

DVDs are loaned for one week. The overdue fine is $1 per day. DVDs are arranged by the accession number shown on the spine of the case, and in the call number in the catalog. These represent the order in which the Library received the DVDs, and do not necessarily represent new releases.

Microforms Room

For more information on the Library's microform holdings, please see our microform guide.

Juvenile Collection

For more information on the Juvenile Collection, please see the Juvenile Collection page.

Safezone Collection

For more information on the Safezone Collection, please see the Safezone Collection guide.

Democracy 101 Collection

For more information on the Democracy 101 Collection, please see the Democracy 101 guide.

Leisure Reading Collection

Photo of the leisure reading collection

In recognition of the extra-curricular needs of students, faculty, staff, and the community, the library maintains a small Leisure Reading Collection made up of donations and regular purchases of mass-market books of general interest, including fiction, popular nonfiction, and graphic novels. Items in this collection which are in poor condition will be weeded on a regular basis without replacement.

The Leisure Reading Collection is located near the entrance to the Carnahan-Jackson Center.

You may also wish to look for leisure reading in the Library's main collection or in the Juvenile Collection, which includes young adult novels as well as children's books.

Most fiction in the main collection can be found under the following call numbers:

  • PJ - Middle Eastern languages and literatures
  • PK - Indo-Iranian languages and literatures
  • PL - East Asian languages and literatures
  • PN - General literature
  • PQ - French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese literature
  • PR - English literature
  • PS - American literature
  • PT - Germanic literature
  • PZ - Juvenile literature

Literacy Collection

The Literacy Collection, of particular interest to English language learners, consists of literary works grouped in different stages based on word count and difficulty level. Titles include classic fiction including The Secret Garden, Far From the Madding Crowd, and The Joy Luck Club; biographies of figures including Shakespeare and Gandhi; nonfiction bestsellers such as Eat, Pray, Love; and original fiction and nonfiction. The collection is shelved between the Oversized Reference Materials and the Very Short Introduction Collection. The stages range from Starter to Stage 6.

Interlibrary Loan

If Reed Library doesn’t have the article, book, score, DVD, or other item you are looking for, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan. This service is free!

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