Just want to kick back and read a good book this weekend?
THOMPSON LIBRARY CAN HELP!
Student, faculty, or staff — you are part of the University of Michigan. You stand among the Leaders and the Best. You hold yourself to a higher standard. You are a scholar in the best sense of that word. You regularly use the library to research topics. You do your due diligence — digging for facts and verifying your data.
But every now and then, you’d just like to escape into another place, a place populated with cowboys, Jedi warriors, dashing and romantic heroes, colorful pirates, brilliant compassionate doctors or mysterious strangers.
You know the UM library is a great source for facts, figures and academic articles. But this weekend, you just want a fun read to kick back with, something that will let you get away from the stress of higher education and slip into an exciting world far from your daily existence. A little creative escapism.
You just want a good book to read over the weekend ...
Good news! We CAN help!
Thompson Library actually has some great reads, good books just for you to jump in and enjoy as plain old escapist reading.
Where can you find a fun read in the library?
LOTS of places!
Where exactly will depend largely on what type of item you want.
For instance on the first floor of the library (near the windows in the Atrium), books indexed in the call number “PS” section contain our collection of literature.
It’s a vast and varied collection ranging from the great classics to works of fiction in nearly every genre imaginable.
There are even several fiction paperbacks that are included in the literature section of the Main Collection, PS call number section.
FIND a BOOK in the MAIN COLLECTION by TITLE or AUTHOR:
Check the MIRLYN library catalog online for your favorite author — or even for a title you’d like to read. It may already be in the PS section of the library collection. Find the call number and locate the book on shelf. Use your UMID to check it out.
The library will loan you — for free! — good books to enjoy reading just for fun.
Speaking of paperback books, did you know that Thompson Library has an extensive collection of paperback books, just for the purpose of finding a good read for a quiet afternoon (or before bedtime)?
The Paperback collection is located on the 1st floor near the Oversized Books and Microfilm cabinets.
They’re directly in front of the elevator when you step off on the 1st floor. Just keep walking past the row of Oversized books and you’ll find a reader’s delight of paperbacks.
Paperbacks are organized by genre, so whether you like Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery, Suspense or Historical Fiction, you’re likely to find something you’ll enjoy reading.
The Paperback collection is not cataloged in MIRLYN, so it’s “browse the shelves,” only to locate a book you’d like to borrow. But they’re easily scanned with titles clearly visible on the spine of the books — and we have many to choose from on the shelves.
Any book on the Paperback Collection shelves can be checked out for 3 weeks, with the option to renew for an additional 3 weeks.
CURRENTLY POPULAR “BEST SELLER LIST” BOOKS:
Or perhaps you want to read a book that is currently (or was recently) on the Best Seller’s list?
Our Browsing Collection should help you out! It contains best sellers of a variety of genres.
Located on the 3rd floor (near the Circulation Desk and close to the entrance to the Library), the shelves of the Browsing Collection have books from best seller’s lists in fiction, books of local interest (including books written by local authors) and best selling books on non-fiction.
We even have an extensive collection of Children’s Literature in our library which you may borrow.
We maintain a quality collection of children’s books for use and education of our future elementary school teachers currently attending our School of Education — but any student, staff or faculty from UM-Flint can check them out.
So if you want a good read for the children in your family, we can help with those books, too.
All items within the children’s literature genre are indexed and searchable in the MIRLYN online library catalog.
Find the call number in MIRLYN and — if you need help — ask one of our Reference Librarians to assist you in locating the book on shelf.
MOVIES & MUSIC:
For those who prefer to watch movies rather than read, we have a nice little collection of popular films in several formats, from VHS to DVD to BlueRay to streaming online via subscription service databases
ALEXANDER STREET PRESS and KANOPY.
(See list of databases on Thompson Library website to access any of these resources — authentication with UM-Flint credentials required to view any subscription item online.)
Any item the library owns — including videos and music — can be found by using the MIRLYN library catalog online. Want to limit results to ONLY videos and music? Switching the drop-down box for our various collections to limit results to “Media.”
MIRLYN will provide the call number, which can be given to the clerks at the Circulation Desk (where you check out books) to retrieve. Note that all media items have a 1 week check out loan period.
Want to listen to some music? We have that, too!
We have an extensive collection of music from classical to swing to rock to jazz — historic or contemporary, we have it!
The music CD collection is near the video collection, and as with everything else in the library, can be found using the library catalog.
Having trouble finding something that interests you?
Ask a Reference Librarian for help.
They can help you find anything we have in the library and beyond, and will probably be happy to discuss their favorite books or videos with you.
Reference Librarians like to read for fun, too!
No matter what you enjoy reading or viewing, whether doing scholarly research, or just want something to kick back with for a leisurely afternoon, you’ll find it at Thompson Library.