While many public libraries have areas set aside for fiction books, academic libraries like Pacific Lutheran University's Mortvedt Library organize books by Library of Congress call numbers.
So instead of finding all the fiction books in one area, the books are organized by the author's country of origin and time period. Literary criticism and translations are shelved side by side with the novels.
Search by keyword for a topic, for example "animals"
then limit to either a language, an author, a country, etc.
NOTE: Searching by the keyword "Fiction" will also retrieve citations for literary criticism on a particular novel.
Look to the left of the search results, limit by content (fiction) and audience.
Find fiction books by browsing the shelves for particular call numbers:
|PR 9205-9570||Caribbean, African, and Asian literature written in English|
|PQ 3809-3999||French written outside of France|
|PT 3808-3971.2||German written outside of Germany|
|PK 5401-5471||Indian literature, regardless of language|
|PQ9421-9999||Portuguese written outside of Portugal|
|PQ 7020-8929||Literature written in Spanish outside of Spain|
|For South Asian literature written in a particular language, ask a librarian|
1. Public libraries carry popular fiction books and there is a branch 1 mile away.
Parkland/Spanaway Library (hours here)
13718 Pacific Ave. S.
Tacoma, WA 98444
Directions (1 mile):
From campus, head east on Garfield Street towards Pacific Ave.
Turn right onto C Street, proceed to 138th Street
Entrance to library is on C Street just before 138th Street
Take the #1 Pacific Ave. bus from the transit center or anywhere on Pacific Ave to 138th Street
Entrance to library is on Pacific Ave
2. Visit the rack of free used fiction books located in the PLU Library's
first floor vending area.