In the library's Atrium on the first floor, at the bottom of the central staircase, you'll find several collections of recreational reads that are set up for easy browsing.
The tall, four-sided rack of books in the Atrium contains recently acquired popular materials in hardcover, including mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, adventure stories, historical novels, literary fiction, and more - plus a wide range of contemporary nonfiction, like memoirs, popular history, and self-help books.
Books in the Best Sellers collection may be checked out for one week. See the library's loan policies page for more details.
Several racks of current, popular magazines can be found alongside. Although these don't check out, feel free to sit back and relax with a magazine between classes!
Read & Relax
Also in the Atrium is the Read & Relax collection, a low set of bookshelves with popular paperbacks of all types. The library often has displays on timely topics on the top of the shelves, too.
Books in the Read & Relax collection may be checked out for four weeks.
Graphic Novels (GraFX)
Booth Library offers a large collection of graphic novels, also in the Atrium opposite the Read & Relax shelves.
The Ballenger Teachers Center (BTC), on the main (3rd) floor, has a large collection of juvenile materials, ranging from picture books for young children up to Young Adult materials. The BTC offers book displays on popular topics, such as dystopian literature. Books in the BTC's juvenile collection can be checked out for 4 weeks (for students; 16 weeks for faculty) and can be renewed. They are organized according to the Dewey Decimal classification.
MyMediaMall - for ebooks and audiobooks
Through MyMediaMall, Booth Library patrons (including community patrons) can check out and download ebooks, audiobooks, and videos to your e-reader of choice using your library ID. After clicking through to the site, choose Sign In from the upper right, pick Eastern Illinois University-Booth Library from the drop-down, and log in with the 14-digit number on your Panther Card (or community borrower card) to see the selections available.
In addition to the collections listed on the left side of this guide, you'll find many works of fiction (and popular nonfiction) in the Book Stacks, on displays, and elsewhere.
For most of its collections, the library uses the Library of Congress classification to organize its materials. For example, you'll find literature by and about British authors under call numbers starting with PR, while call numbers starting with PS represent American literature.
All materials at Booth Library, including the ebooks in MyMediaMall, are cataloged in the EIU Library Catalog. To search for books by title, author, or subject, type your information into the widget below. This will direct you to a book's call number and location. And if the library doesn't own the book you want to read, you're welcome to place a request from another library through I-Share (which covers many academic libraries in Illinois) or through our interlibrary loan book request form.
The library's regularly updated Reference News page highlights these displays, with lists of the items that are available there.
In addition, Goodreads is a free public site that provides recommendations and, for those who create accounts, will help you track what you've read.
What Should I Read Next? does what it says: it suggests new titles based on books you've enjoyed.
The Reader's Advisor Online, another free site, lets you browse books by many different categories, including genre, topic, time period, and characters.
Bookish will give you reading recommendations by genre (for both fiction and nonfiction) and provides articles on popular reading topics.
In addition to suggesting books by topic, LibraryThing will let you catalog your personal book collection and participate in online book discussion groups.